New big-screen iPhones helped propel Apple's profit and revenue in the last quarter, as the California tech giant smashed earnings expectations.
The company reported on Monday that profit rose 13 per cent to US$8.5 billion (S$10.8 billion), as revenues jumped to US$42.1 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter ending September 27.
Apple said it sold more than 39 million iPhones in the quarter, boosted by last month's launch of the large-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which hit some markets on September 19. That compared with 33.8 million in the same period a year ago.
The iPhone accounted for more than US$23 billion in revenue, over half of Apple's overall earnings for the quarter.
Sales of iPads - which may have been lower ahead of the October launch of new models - fell from a year earlier to 12.3 million, producing some US$5.3 billion in revenues.
"I view it as a speed bump, not a huge issue," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said of the decline in iPad sales during a conference call with analysts.
"I know there is a popular view the (tablet) market is saturated, we don't see that."
As appetites for tablet have diminished, Apple's market share has slipped to 25 per cent, compared to 70 per cent for the rival Android platform, according to Strategy Analytics.
People are holding onto iPads longer than they do iPhones, and Apple is still researching when consumers typically upgrade to new tablets, according to Cook.
He saw some promising developments for iPad sales, including a recent alliance with IBM to improve tablet capabilities for businesses.
"I am very bullish on where we can take iPad over time," Cook said.