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Apple splitting stock as iPhone sales soar

Apple on Wednesday courted investors with stock split plans as hot iPhone sales pushed up profits while underscoring pressure for the company to unveil "the next big thing."

Apple shares jumped more than seven percent to $566.15 in after-market trade following the release of January-March earnings figures showing profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in revenue.

The earnings report came with Apple chief Tim Cook hinting that new products are on the way from the maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers.

"We're very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services," Cook said in a press release.

"We're eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market."

- Share buy-back boosted -

Apple will spend an additional $30 billion to buy back shares of the company's stock, taking to $130 billion how much it plans to spend on repurchases and dividends by the end of next year.

Apple is pouring $90 billion into buying back shares because it believes the stock is undervalued in the market, according to executives.

"We're confident in Apple's future and see tremendous value in Apple's stock, so we're continuing to allocate the majority of our program to share repurchases," Cook said.

"We're also happy to be increasing our dividend for the second time in less than two years."

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