Apple Sales Exceed Expectations as Buyers Wait for New iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple exceeded Wall Street’s expectations for revenue and profits for its most recent quarter, as strong sales of Macs and digital services offset flat sales of iPhones while consumers wait for new models to be released in the fall.

The strong results eased Wall Street’s fears that consumers were pulling back from Apple’s products, particularly its flagship, the iPhone.

Apple said little about the upcoming phones and declined to address reports of production delays with a new high-end model, which is expected to feature an edge-to-edge screen and is expected to cost more than $1,000. The company’s revenue projections for the quarter ending in September spanned a wide range, suggesting that executives are hedging on the exact timing of the iPhone update.

Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, addressed Apple’s decision over the weekend to remove dozens of unlicensed virtual private networking apps that allowed Chinese consumers to access the entire internet and evade government censors.

“We would obviously rather not remove the apps, but like we do in other countries, we follow the law wherever we do business,” Mr. Cook said during a conference call with analysts to discuss the results. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t state our point of view in the appropriate way.”

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