The company attributed a large amount of its growth to a 55 percent increase in iPhone sales in the BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China. Profit in the third quarter came in at $7.75 billion, up from $6.9 billion a year ago. Revenue also rose 6 percent to $37.4 billion. The iPhone sales contrasted with the 9.2 percent dip in iPad sales.
Apple is gearing up for its new phone, which will feature a much larger screen, that is expected to launch in 2015. It is also releasing iOS 8 this fall, which reportedly features a complete overhaul of Apple maps in an attempt to compete with Google.
It will also have features including photo syncing, improved typing, easier notification response, a health monitor, shared family accounts, improved messaging that will allow users to drop and add themselves in titled group messages and will allow users to send several attachments.