Walter Piecyk from BTIG Research upped their 21.5 million previous prediction to the nice round number of 30 million iPhones sold. We don't know if Apple will be able to pull this off, but the analyst is counting in the alleged appearance of the iPhone in Sprint's stores for the first time, which always creates a hype.
Thus he expects the fifth iPhone iteration to sell 5 million with its good ol' buddy AT&T, 4 million with Verizon and 1.5 million with the newcomer to the iPhone party Sprint.
Out of the rest, roughly 20 million handsets, a lot are expected to be sold in Greater China and other Asian regions, where Apple made a breakthrough last quarter. Considering the talks about not one, but two iPhone versions for China Telecom, and the iPhone possibly arriving at the largest carrier in the world, Cupertino may surprise analysts again after all is said and done during the holidays.