It's not typical, but it's entirely possible for a company to own itself and be governed by a board of directors. They could choose to issue privately held shares, but it wouldn't be a legal requirement.
Not sure if sarcasm there, but why does it matter if the "more people" buying it are American or Chinese? Bottom line, Apple made more iPhones and sold more iPhones. There's no funny business in those numbers.
I love this whole "new markets don't count as growth" theory. They're selling more iPhones.
Under that logic, Apple would do just as well to manufacture literally one single iPhone each year and sell it in the market of "My house". Same relative sales, right? Why go through all the bother of making millions of them if it's all the same difference?
More is more, and we'll see that in the 4th quarter numbers.
I checked them out at the apple store yesterday. I'll admit it -- I like the 5c design better than the 5s. It feels so solid.
I'm still going with the 5s though. The new camera and fingerprint win for me.