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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.

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Apple Spent Over $30 mn on Amazon Cloud in Q1 2019

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

In its determination to expand its online services like iCloud, Apple spent over $30 million on Amazon’s Cloud services in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019. The amount is 10 per cent higher than what it spent in Q1 2018.

Internationally, there are more than a billion recorded users of Apple devices every month. Given its considerable storage requirement, the company relies on major big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google, CNBC reported on Monday.

If Apple’s AWS use stays at those levels for the rest of 2019, its annual spending would exceed $360 million, the report noted.

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to spend at least $1.5 billion on AWS over the next five years as part of an agreement. The iPhone-maker’s AWS expenditure may only expand further, said the report.

In a February job posting, Apple said it was looking for someone who could “lead and architect our growing AWS footprint”.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

For some time now, Apple’s top product — the iPhone — has been experiencing saturation status in the markets because of which the company has begun pointing more to online services as a key contributor.

Talking about the use of Cloud-based services in the past, the iPhone has specified that it uses AWS for iCloud storage. The company however, did not disclose whether any other Apple services depend on AWS or not.

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To support its Cloud needs, the company is also investing heavily into building its own infrastructure.

In January 2018, Apple announced plans to spend $10 billion on data centres in the US within five years.

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added. (IANS)