Apple profits double as it squares up to Facebook

Apple profits double as it squares up to Facebook
Apple has seen sales of its phones, apps and other devices rise throughout the pandemic, as consumers spent more time working, shopping and seeking entertainment online.

Customers continued to upgrade to Apple s new 5G phones which were rolled out last year, and also bought Mac computers and iPads to tackle working and studying from home, the firm said.

Fitness and music apps also saw a lockdown boost.

Sales to China nearly doubled, leading to overall revenues for the first three months of this year of $89.6bn (£64.2bn), more than 50% up compared to a year earlier.

Profit was $23.6bn, up from $11.3bn for the same period last year.

"This quarter reflects both the enduring ways our products have helped our users meet this moment in their own lives, as well as the optimism consumers seem to feel about better days ahead for all of us," said chief executive Tim Cook.

Paolo Pescatore, analyst with PP Foresight, said it was "another blowout quarter" for Apple.

"The iPhone remains a core product and gateway to the Apple universe," he added, providing Apple with "a key launchpad" to sell further services.

Sophie Lund-Yates, Equity Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown said customers had proved willing to "splurge on big-ticket items thanks to a global shift to working from home, and the fact people have found comfort in treating themselves".

"The sheer scale of Apple s sales is testament to the grip that shiny embossed piece of fruit has on global consumers," she added.
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