The growth was fueled by record third quarter sales of iPhone® and Mac®, all-time record revenue from services and the successful launch of Apple Watch™.
“We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59 percent over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in the fall.”
“In the third quarter our year-over-year growth rate accelerated from the first half of fiscal 2015, with revenue up 33 percent and earnings per share up 45 percent,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We generated very strong operating cash flow of $15 billion, and we returned over $13 billion to shareholders through our capital return program.”
iPhone sales increased by 35% in volume and almost 60% in value as average values increased by 18%. The iPhone now accounts for almost two thirds of total revenue. For the iPad, sales volumes fell by 18% and revenues fell by 23%. Mac revenues increased by almost 10% and revenues from other products and services, including the iWatch surged by over 20%.
Apple is advising revenues will be in the region of £50 billion in the final quarter of the year. For details of the continued product life cycle analysis, check out the chart below ... to download the excel file with product sales analysis from 2012 by quarter download the spreadsheet