“Apple next week will report a return to iPhone growth after a three-quarter slump, a group of financial analysts predicted,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “According to Philip Elmer-DeWitt, the creator of the Apple 3.0 website, 12 institutional and 5 independent analysts all forecast a year-over-year increase in iPhone sales during the December quarter.”

“The average sales figure from the 17 analysts was 77.3 million iPhones, which would represent a 3.4% increase over the 74.8 million Apple reported for the fourth quarter of 2015,” Keizer reports. “Analysts’ estimates ranged from a low of 75 million to a high of 80 million.”

Keizer reports, “Apple set a record for iPhone sales in 2015’s December quarter, but in each of the following three quarters, its iPhone numbers were down from the prior year’s.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Growth!

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