Analyst ups the Q4 iPhone sales estimates to 30 million, US alone could account for 10 million of them

Analyst ups the Q4 iPhone sales estimates to 30 million, US alone could account for 10 million of them
Based on Apple's stellar last quarter, when it sold 20.34 million iPhones, a lot of analysts are updating their forecasts for Q4, based on the eventual September release of the next iPhone.

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.

via BGR

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25 Comments

1. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

FYI, they don't sell cell phones in China. They wouldn't be able to sell a single phone. They have to give them away free with contract. That's how it's been done in the past. Unless, my Chinese mainland friend is wrong.

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Did you read about the Chinese kid that sold their kidney for an iPad? What about the mobs in front of Apple stores. Apple does just fine in China. I know you want them to fail so badly, but this will be another record quarter for them.

4. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Actually people pay through the nose for Apple products in China... Kinda shows the insanity... Article I read said an iphone cost $775 in China... The average wage for a year is $4,250... To put that in perspective... That is almost 25% of the average income. What most people say you should spend on rent/mortgage in the US. Though to be fair Apple products are kinda like Mercedes here in the states... for mostly the rich with extra to spend.

7. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Wow, I have an iPhone... I'm considered rich! Thank you for making my day!

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Congratulations you're now better than other people by owning an iPhone.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

showing just how dumb iBots are that believe owning a phone makes u somehow better or more important.

25. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

at the end of the day its just a phone so please get over yourself.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Listen if I am ever in China I most definitely won't get an Apple. I would stick to all their chicken dishes. They are very good. I don't even care it it's cat or not. All of the chicken dishes China produces are just so very good. From their spicy stuff, to mild, & even sweet I LOVE it all. If I ever went to China I would come back FAT & about 50 pounds heavier. I just LOVE all Chinese food. I would never just get an Apple EVEN if it’s free! lol :-)

5. Laurynas unregistered

Maybe you first should come back from the moon? :D

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Just trying to add some humor! I like your attitude Laurynas I will thumb you up! lol We all need humor in our lives! :-)

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow u dont care if is cat or not..... u had me on chinese food .. u lost me on cat or not...... lol... good morning sir

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey if you like Chinese food, then believe it or not you most likely have eaten cat. It's the risk you take. I am alive healthy & well, so there is no issue there. lol I am just trying to be realistic. Unless you see your local Chinese restaurant making your food, then you have never eaten cat. I am not saying it's cat 100% of the time, but maybe once or twice you may have eaten cat. lol There is some truth to the urban legend! lol Ohh & good morning to you too. I am about to go eat my lunch & guess what? It's some General Tso's chicken! lol

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ohh that was soo cold.... chicken..hmmm u scare some of my feathers away...hmmm well bon appettit then...

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Back, I think when I bit into "chicken" I heard it meow! nah just kidding, It was delicious! I am stuffed! I love the lunch special, they completely hook you up. It's like a 3 person serving! lol

18. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Theres this best chinese restaurant in stockholm calles "Chopsticks". They make extremely good chinese food. In fact so good that lately ive been driving my moped down to stockholm just to eat there (it takes about an hour with moped to get to stockholm, about 20 min with car). If you ever go to Stockholm you should visit that restaurant. (my favourite dish there is chicken with cashew nuts and fried rice. For dessert, fried banana with ice cream and syrup, yum)

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

That was stupid and entirely pointless. How about making a comment that's actually about the article?

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

miz, if you had to stick to posts that werent "stupid and pointless", you would never post.. ever.

10. SteveJobs

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 24, 2011

does someone want to see me naked??? im just going crazy with all this cash $$$$$$$$

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow Steve Jobs! lol

14. Laurynas unregistered

I was curious how look typical Apple fan and one of the first results in Google was this one:http://peopleofapple.wordpress.com WARNING!!! SOME CONTENT MAY BE UNACCEPTABLE. FOR EXAMPLE:http://peopleofapple.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/true_mac_fan.jpg (Is he a WWE wrestler?)

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I actually like the shoes...... can i get them in navy blue?

19. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Fake SteveJobs, watch out. Apple is going to sue you for using their trademark "Steve Jobs"...

17. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

hey steve whats popping lol

21. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Not much when Android is getting over 500, 000 activations each day.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They didnt take into account that Tmobile is also rumored to get it. If its true you can throw another cool million on top of that prediction. Guess we will find out soon enough.

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