Data showed that this figure was double the Christmas 2008 number, falling just short of the Wall Street target of roughly nine million.
It meant that the firm saw a 50 per cent increase in profits, with net income rising to £2.08 billion in the three months to December 26th 2009.
“It was a very good quarter, as expected. It’s a continued sign that Apple has great products that consumers want despite this recession,” commented Daniel Ernst from Hudson Square Research.
Apple is expected to unveil its new Tablet product at a conference tomorrow, while there are also rumours that a new iPhone 4G is in development.