Posts at Eventide while the prediction from Susanto is on the bottom. Apple will be announcing the results of its latest quarter on January 24th and the report from Verizon last week that it had doubled its iPhone sales to 4.2 million on a sequential basis appears to be good news for Apple. That report led UBS analyst Maynard Um to say that there could be an upside surprise when Apple reports the official figures on the 24th. Um, however, is sticking by his estimate of 30 million units sold. The top ranking analyst from the last quarterly report, William Power from Baird, predicted that Apple will report 31.17 million iPhone sales in the period.
During the previous quarter's earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company would break the record for most iPhones sold in a quarter. The results will be bolstered by the fact that Apple is counting 14 weeks for the period instead of 13 like last year so that it could match up its fiscal quarter with the actual calendar quarter.
In the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011, sales dropped sequentially as many waited on the sidelines for the upcoming new iPhone model which happened to be the Apple iPhone 4S. Apple sold 17 million copies of the iPhone in the September quarter, down from the current record of 20.34 million sold in the June 2011 quarter.
By the way, for those curious, Fortune notes that the amateur analysts usually outperform the Wall Street pros. Apple's fiscal year ends in September which is why the period from October through December is the company's Q1 for 2012.
source: Fortune via AppleInsider