Apple sells 26.9M iPhones in last quarter, up 58 percent in a year

Once again, the iPhone outsells its iPad and Mac cousins, in part because of a boost from last month's release of the iPhone 5.

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Apple said today that it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the last three months, an increase of 58 percent from the same period last year and slightly more than analysts had expected.

The popular phone -- the iPhone 5 went on sale last month -- accounted for the largest category of Apple's hardware sales, up from 26 million sold in the previous quarter and 17 million sold during the same period last year.

By comparison, Apple said in this afternoon's earnings statement that it sold 4.9 million Macs, 5.3 million iPods, and 14 million iPads during the most recent quarter.

Apple's financial statement said the company received $17.1 billion in iPhone revenue over the last three months, compared with $7.5 billion in iPad revenue and $6.3 billion in Mac revenue.

Wall Street analysts had expected Apple to have sold a little more than 25 million iPhones.

That would have been close to the same number Apple sold over the previous three months, and up around 46 percent from the same period last year. One thing to keep in mind is that last year's iPhone 4S debuted in October, which was well into Apple's first quarter of its 2012 fiscal year.

In CNET's review of the iPhone 5, we awarded it four out of five stars.

Meanwhile, Google is hosting an event in New York on Monday to introduce new devices of its own. CNET has learned that the lineup will include: a new version of Android, Samsung's Nexus 10 tablet, and a new phone from LG Electronics that will be called the Nexus 4.

CNET's Josh Lowensohn contributed to this report.