14 million iPhones by the end of 2008? – Macitynet.it
Apple's iPhone sales forecast for 2008 set at 10 million will be beaten by 30 if not 40%. The estimate of some analysts who released research on the basis of Apple's latest announcements yesterday.
RBC Capital's most optimistic Mike Abramsky sets the number of iPhones that Apple could sell by December 31 at 14 million. The most profitable quarter should be December with 6.1 million iPhones sold (remember that Apple sold 4 million in six months of 2007), but the September quarter should also go well with 5.1 million iPhones sold. Abramsky is even more optimistic for the next year for which he sees 24 million iPhones come out of the factories that build the cellphone. According to the analyst, Apple could have a second 2005 from the iPhone in terms of budget and sales results, referring to the year of the real explosion of the iPod.
Just a little below are the estimates of Chris Withmore of Deutsche Bank who ascribes to Apple an estimate of 4-6 million iPhones for each fiscal quarter for a total of about 13 million by 2008 and 23 million for 2009.
Goldman Sachs' David Bailey does not make precise figures but confirms that since his visit to some Asian plants' on the 3G phone chain 'he has perceived optimism on the iPhone thanks to the price cuts, the expansion of distribution and modern connectivity.
Bailey also launches in some predictions about the future of Apple which should introduce new iPods 'in the beginning of autumn', with substantial changes to the nano and Classic line. There is also a revision of the Mac line up and an unidentified small device that should probably debut at the Macworld in January.