On Tuesday night Apple released the results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2021, the three-month period ended 26 June. They make pleasant reading for the firm's shareholders, with a series of record-breaking figures indicating it is in rude health following the difficulties of the pandemic.

Net sales during the period amounted to $81.4bn, compared with $59.7bn for the corresponding quarter in 2020. This is a healthy year-on-year increase of 36%.

Profit after tax totalled $21.7bn, up 93% from the $11.3bn the company made in Q3 2020.

Apple breaks down its sales into five broad categories, and of these, by far the most lucrative - as ever - was the iPhone, even though (with a new iPhone on the horizon) this is a comparatively slow time of year for the device. iPhones alone generated revenue of $39.6bn across the quarter, up just under 50% from the $26.4bn made by Apple's smartphone department in the same quarter a year ago.

It may be surprising to hear, however, that the second biggest revenue generator was the services department (encompassing the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, iCloud and so on), which recorded its highest ever sales: $17.5bn, up from $13.2bn in Q3 2020.

The Mac made $8.2bn (up 16%) in net sales across the quarter, and the iPad $7.4bn (up 12%). The remaining $8.8bn came from the Wearables, Home and Accessories segment, which includes the Apple Watch, AirPods and other miscellaneous items and was up by 36%.

"This quarter, our teams built on a period of unmatched innovation by sharing powerful new products with our users, at a time when using technology to connect people everywhere has never been more important," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation and additional reporting by David Price.