Apple sells record number of iPhones as rumours emerge of next-generation model

Rumours suggest the iPhone 7 – which is expected to launch next year – might drop the home button and could have a sapphire screen.

The iPhone 6s, which launched in September 2015
The iPhone 6s, which launched in September 2015

Apple says it has sold record numbers of iPhones, while rumours are starting to emerge of what the iPhone 7 – expected to launch next year – could look like.

The tech giant says it sold more than 48 million iPhones in the fourth financial quarter of 2015, which is a record for the period

Apple also sold more than 5.7 million Macs, which it says is an all-time record. The $5 billion (£3.3 billion) it made from services is also an all-time record.

Most successful year ever

The figures have helped Apple to a quarterly revenue result of $51.5 billion (£33.7 billion) and a net profit of $11.1 billion (£7.3 billion).

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says: “Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion (£153 billion).

“This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products on earth, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution by our teams.”

Meanwhile, speculation is starting to emerge about what next year’s iPhone launch – which could be the iPhone 7 – might bring.

Buttonless iPhone

Research analyst Gene Munster, quoted on Barron’s, says: “While we are still almost a year away from the next iPhone launch, we believe it is worth considering what the next cycle may bring. Given a number change cycle, we expect the iPhone 7 to sport a unique design from the iPhone 6/6S.”

Munster adds that there is a “50% chance” that the next model iPhone might not have a home button – which would be sacrificed as Apple makes the screen bigger for new 3D Touch technology.

He also speculates that the iPhone 7 could boast better battery life – which has already been brought in for Macbooks – and, like the Apple Watch, have a sapphire screen.

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