Apple posts biggest quarterly profit in corporate history….

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

On Tuesday Apple said that it sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three months that ended December 31, beating analysts’ expectations for the latest models of Apple’s most popular gadget, introduced in September 2014.

The surge in iPhone sales drove the company’s total revenue to $74.6 billion, up 30% from a year earlier. CEO Tim Cook said on a call with analysts that demand for the phones was “staggering,” and noted that results would have been even higher if not for the impact of the strong dollar on overseas sales. Net income rose 38% to $18 billion, as Apple reported earnings of $3.06 a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting earnings of $2.60 a share on revenue of $67.39 billion.

For the current quarter Apple also forecast revenue  between $52 billion and $55 billion. The midpoint of that range is just below the average analyst estimate of $53.6 billion for the period ending in March 2015, when sales typically fall from their holiday season peak. Apple chief fnancial officer Luca Maestri said in an interview that revenue for the current period will increase between 14 and 20% from a year ago, despite the strong dollar, which has forced other companies such as Microsoft to lower their forecasts.

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