With Apple's iOS App Store about to see its 10 billionth download
and analysis showing that, on average, each iOS device has downloaded over 60 apps
, the increasingly gaming-friendly corporation has reported that it saw record revenue and profit in the first fiscal quarter of 2011.
In the quarter ended December 25, 2010, Apple posted revenue of $26.74 billion, a growth of 71 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Quarterly profits rose 78 percent to $6 billion.
Apple said a huge rise in sales of iPhones vastly contributed to these figures, with 16.24 million iPhones sold -- up 86 percent from the same quarter last year. Mac sales saw a 23 percent increase with 4.13 million Macs sold, while 7.33 million iPads were bought during the quarter.
Only the iPod saw a decline in sales, with 19.45 million units sold -- down seven percent from last year's first fiscal quarter.
Apple CEO Steve Job said in a statement: "We had a phenomenal holiday quarter with record Mac, iPhone and iPad sales. We are firing on all cylinders and we've got some exciting things in the pipeline for this year including iPhone 4 on Verizon which customers can't wait to get their hands on."
Earlier in the week, Jobs announced his second medical leave of absence
from the company in two years, after a spat of health problems in recent years. He will still remain CEO of the company during this period.