Weaker iPhone sales than expected prompt questions over release date of latest smartphone model.

This article titled “Apple sales rise – but fail to soar” was written by Charles Arthur, technology editor, for The Guardian on Tuesday 18th October 2011 23.12 UTC

Apple's revenues rose to another quarterly record of $28.27bn – up 39% – and profits rose 54% to $6.62bn, figures reveal.

But weak iPhone sales compared with the previous quarter and comparatively slow sequential growth of iPad tablet sales left analysts asking if it had missed out by not releasing a new smartphone sooner.

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