Apple's iPhone Sales In 2011 To Top All Previous Years Together

During its quarterly earnings call, Apple revealed some impressive numbers, with record-breaking sales of iPads, iPhones and Mac computers considerably increasing the company's profit.

In just one business quarter, Apple managed to sell more than 20 million iPhone units, giving a year-over-year increase in sales of 142%.

Breaking down the sales from previous years shows an interesting pattern: in 2009, Apple sold 25.09 million iPhones, out of which 35.8% came during the first and second quarter; in 2010, the same period accounted for 36.1%; and around 36% of iPhone sales in 2011 coming in Q1 and Q2.

Going by these figures, Apple is apparently on the track to sell a staggering 108.3 million iPhones this year, meaning 20% more than the previous years, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 combined.

Although no official announcement on the September iPhone 5 release has yet come, there are more strong signs that point to a launch this autumn. Apple's CFO Peter Oppenheimer spoke of a "future product transition" this autmun during the earnings call on Wednesday, most likely referring to the iPhone 5.

Also, the fact that a decrease in profits for the next quarter (due to the product transition?) has been forecasted by the Cupertino-based company, is another clue that the next iPhone is on its way.