Citing improved component supply, analyst predicts again Apple will sell 46.5 million iPhone 5s in Q4

Citing improved component supply, analyst predicts again Apple will sell 46.5 million iPhone 5s in Q4
While most of the current Apple shares selloff can be attributed to people locking in profits after the amazing runup this year for tax purposes, part of the argument was that Cupertino can't make enough iPhone 5 units to satisfy demand and meet analysts' predictions, too.

The newest Apple handset is its most ambitious global rollout yet, and as with every major design overhaul, there were bottlenecks with the yield rates for the new in-cell touch displays, and the manufacturing precision needed to craft the thin metal-and-glass body.

These issues seem to be behind in the supply chain, claims Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee, and now he is back to his original prediction of 46.5 million units sold in the December quarter. 

The analyst mentioned in a research note to clients yesterday that the component supply issues have transformed into pure assembly ones now, citing Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou, who said Wednesday that demand is so high, they barely keep up with making the iPhone 5s. Rumors are that even Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai is chipping in with assembly help now to make sure all orders get made.

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11 Comments

1. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

46.5 million dumb asses

7. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

And they are talking only iPhone 5, combined with 4s and iPhone 4 sales it may go over 100 million by their estimates. How stupid are these creatures calling themselves analysts. They should go back at weather forecasting. Phonearena shouldn't publish any random analyst estimates.

2. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I don't think it is happening with the way apple's popularity going down. Haven't seen any of my known people who are apple lover that keen on buying just a longer version of Iphone 4. It's a known fact that this new Iphone haven't serve anything extraordinary to the table. Only in USA people are crazy about buying this overpriced device and that's also because they will dump this phone in a year to buy the Iphone 5S.

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Apple has hypnotized US. But it could never do that in the other markets. When this spell breaks, you are nothing, dear Apple. Until now US didn't have much taste of good phones, but now they are making their way to US (Nokia and Sony) so the scene is gonna get changed real fast.

11. Hemlocke unregistered

Sony? They make archaic junk with a tacky skin. They are like Samsung,only without the performance.

4. Aeires unregistered

iFan Handbook, pg 32, paragraph 6.1.2: Analysts are almost always wrong, don't take anything they say as truth. Wait for real world results after they are posted. Paragraph 6.1.3: Make sure everyone on tech sites knows about paragraph 6.1.2.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

im sure half is for destruction videos on YouTube

6. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

This is a great move! Keep it up Apple!

8. raphael007

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Now I would love to know what kind of data those analysts are analyzing because there is no such thing, Iphone5 and the ones to come are so DOA (dead on arrival), I just don't know how that wil happen even with all the sheeeeeeeeps and fanboys combined this estimate cannot be accurate, unless of course some patents exist for such a prediction and apple holds it........lol

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Apple needs to hit that mark or they're going to have a serious stock valuation problem on their hands.

10. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Last thing i heard Foxconn was thinking about outsourcing them jobs back to the USA. If they couldn't keep up with the new orders... Now parent company Hon Hai will fill the void... LOL... They must of got wind that Americans won't work like they make them poor Chinese workers work... Instead of going suicide, Americans would go postal on that a$$. Hail to the Glock 39, it's my little friend.

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