Apple suffers fall in profits
on 28/10/2013 21:22:41
The company also experienced a drop in sales of Mac computers in the three months to the end of September.
It sold a total of 33.8m of its smartphones, a record for the final quarter, up from 26.9m in the same period last year. It was also a rise from the third financial quarter, when 31.2m of the devices were sold - but could not match the 37.4m sold in the second quarter, between January and March.
The latest results include the first few days that the newest iPhones, the iPhone 5c and 5s went on sale in September.
In the past quarter, Apple sold 14.1m iPads, a slight rise from 14m between July and September 2012. It sold 4.6m Macs, down from 4.9m in the same period last year.
The firm's quarterly profit of $7.5bn (€5.44bn) was down from $8.2bn (€5.95bn) in the same three months of 2012.
Quarterly revenue was 37.5 billion (£23.3 billion), up from the same time last year when Apple announced revenue of 36 billion (£22.3 billion). International sales made up 60% of revenue for this quarter according to the California-based company.
The results come days after Apple announced the launch of the thinner and lighter iPad Air and a revamped iPad Mini, both of which go on sale in November.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "We're pleased to report a strong finish to an amazing year with record fourth quarter revenue, including sales of almost 34 million iPhones.
"We're excited to go into the holidays with our new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, iOS 7, the new iPad mini with Retina Display and the incredibly thin and light iPad Air, new MacBook Pros, the radical new Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks and the next generation iWork and iLife apps for OS X and iOS."
Apple is predicting revenue of between $55bn (€39.89bn) and $58bn (€42.07bn) in the first quarter of 2014.