Analysts forecast another record quarter for Apple with 55.3 million iPhones sold
Apple has garnered a lot of media attention over the past week or so with regard to their deal to finally sell the iPhone through China Mobile. But as Cupertino gears up to release quarterly financials next week, the attention will turn to how many iPhones the company sold during the holiday quarter – or, before the China Mobile deal was inked.
The iPhone 5s, released earlier in the year, may have only been an incremental upgrade but that did little to curb customer demand during the holiday buying season. Despite the fact that supply was an issue early on, the smartphone was readily available throughout the holidays. And for the first time ever, Apple launched two new models at the same time (the iPhone 5c).
Information from 44 analysts – 27 professionals and 17 rookies – suggests that Apple sold a record 55.3 million iPhones during the last three months of 2013. That’s good for a 16 percent increase from the same period a year before.
Breaking it down a bit further, the pros believe Apple sold an average of 54.1 million handsets while the amateur estimates were a little higher at 57.1 million units. The gap between the highest and lowest estimates was only 9.7 million, down from nearly 20 million last year.
Analysts also expect Apple to turn in a strong quarter in terms of iPad sales. The company launched two new models early in the quarter and also lowered the price of the original iPad mini. We’ll know for sure come next Monday when Apple reports earnings after the markets close.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
The iPad mini with Retina display is powered by a 64 bit CPU with Apple's A7 chip, meaning it's just as powerful as the full sized iPar Air. The iPad mini with Retina Display comes in two versions, the Wi-Fi model and a cellular version. It comes in 16GB or 128GB configurations. The retina mini also comes in silver/white and black/space gray and features a 5MP camera.
The iPad Air is the fifth generation of Apple's highly remarkable tablet. It features a 9.7 inch Retina display and is powered by a 64 bit, A7 chip running iOS 7. Other features includes a 5MP camera that shoots HD video, an improved front facing FaceTime camera, Siri and dual microphones. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB of storage. Last but not least, the iPad Air weighs only 1 pound.
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