Apple has posted yet more stellar profits, hitting $8.8bn for its third quarter despite clamour for the forthcoming iPhone 5. It also announced that its OS X Mountain Lion platform update will arrive on 25 July.
The release will bring the first major update to the Macintosh desktop and notebook platform in over a year.
First unveiled at the 2012 WWDC conference, Mountain Lion will bring improved integration with Apple's iCloud service as well as improved social networking support and new security components.
When it does arrive, OS X Mountain Lion will be available on what Apple says is one of its largest new Macintosh user bases ever.
The company reported record Mac sales for the quarter ending 30 June, with more than four million units sold. The Mac sales are part of what was an overall record for Apple in its third quarter.
The company reported $35bn in quarterly revenues leading to a profit of $8.8bn. Over the quarter Apple sold 26 million iPhone and 17 million iPad tablets.
"We are pleased with record June results including sales of more than 17 million iPads," Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer told analysts.
The report comes as Apple gears up for what many expect will be a major set of hardware unveilings this autumn.
Multiple reports have suggested that Apple will be releasing its new iPhone along with a 7in iPad model and possibly a new iPod Touch in September or early October.
Analysts have suggested that users are so enthusiastic about a new iPhone that the entire market has slowed in anticipation.
Chief executive Tim Cook had little to say about a new iPhone, but did acknowledge a build up of user expectation.
"It is difficult to sort, but I am convinced based on what I have seen that there is incredible anticipation out there for future products," Cook said.
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