Apple profits up by 33%; to return more cash to investors



By NewsGram Staff Writer

Beating analysts’ expectation, Apple has touched remarkable quarterly earnings and revenue.

The firm reported that it sold 61.1 million iPhones in the first three months of 2015. The sale drove company’s profit up by 33% from the previous year.

A profit of whopping $13.6 billion was reported by Apple, while the revenue rose 27% to $58 billion.

In a statement, the technology giant said that iPhone sales in greater China outpaced those in the US for the first time, helped by the Chinese New Year celebration.

Rising demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus foresees an unexpected rise in its annual profit since 2012.

The decision to make a much bigger device with the iPhone 6 – an idea which Steve Jobs had rejected – has paid off in spades, quoted British broadcaster BBC.

However, sales of Apple’s iPad still remain sluggish. With a sale of 12.6 million iPads, Apple saw a sharp fall of 23% from the previous year.

Apple Inc.’s chief executive, Tim Cook, said, “We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever.”

It was also announced by the firm on Monday that it would broaden its capital return program to $200 billion from a previously announced $130 billion. This estimated figure comes from Apple expanding its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion announced in 2014, and boosting its dividend 11% to 52 cents per share.