The 1817 requests covered a total of 2648 devices. "Device-based requests generally seek details of customers associated with devices or device connections to Apple services," the company explained.
In 1369 of these cases, the requested data was provided, meaning about 75% were satisfied.
Australia's request were the highest in the Asia-Pacific region, but in the case of some other countries, more devices were requested. Mainland China, for example, made 689 requests but they covered 137,595 devices in all.
Worldwide the highest percentage of requests that were granted was in China (96%), though there were countries with a much smaller number of requests - Croatia where one request was made covering a single device, Israel where one request was made covering four devices and the UAE where one request was made covering three devices - where the percentage granted was 100%.
Germany made an unusually large number of requests (12,343) which covered 19,380 devices, but only 77% of its requests were granted. As usual, the US was the highest of the lot, with 4680 requests for 19.318 devices and a 81% success rate.
There was another category of requests listed by Apple for the same period, these being for financial identifiers, meaning that the investigations in question were into fraudulent transactions.
In this category, Australia made 110 requests which covered 814 financial identifiers; 61 of these requests were met. Another category was account-based requests made by government; here 114 account requests were made in Australia.
"Account-based requests generally seek details of customers’ iTunes or iCloud accounts, such as a name and address; and in certain instances customers’ iCloud content, such as stored photos, email, iOS device backups, contacts or calendars," Apple explained.
In most such cases, Apple did not provide content to the authorities, only non-content data.
There were other categories where governments asked for accounts to be preserved, deleted and also emergency requests where danger to an individual was feared.
Apple also released copies of National Security Letters it had received from US authorities; however these were redacted to the extent where they were of no interest.