Analyst: Apple could sell 12 million ‘iPhones’ next year

“Apple Computer could sell as many as 12 million iPod-enabled cell phones next year, potentially boosting earnings by as much as 10 percent above current Wall Street estimates, one analyst says,” AppleInsider reports.

AppleInsider reports, “While he does not expect Apple to announce a cell phone at its Showtime event this week, PiperJaffray analyst Gene Munster told clients on Monday that he continues to expect the company will ship an ‘iPhone’ within the next 4 to 6 months. ‘That said, we have not seen any concrete evidence that the product is near completion or launch,’ Munster wrote in a research note.”

AppleInsider reports, “Assuming Apple ships an iPhone early next year, at the Macworld 2007 trade show or a special event shortly thereafter, Munster expect the company will sell between 8 million 12 million units in the full calendar year… ‘Assuming 1.2 iPods per owner and assuming 33 percent of these higher average selling price iPod buyers buy an iPhone in 2007, we estimate approximately 10 million iPhones could be sold.’ The analyst maintains an “Outperform” rating on shares of Apple with a price target of $99.”

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31 Comments

  1. Hmmmmm,
    I have a suggestion!!!
    Assuming that we are getting cool new iPods, how about a plug in adapter into the top of the iPod that converts it into a telephone.

    That way, you buy and enjoy an iPod. Later, if you want it to act like a cell phone, you get an adapter that just plugs into it and makes it a full up phone with all the features. the plug in could be from your old service so its your same number and already works with your existing plan.

    Everyone wins. Well, we do, Apple does, and the phone companies get to make a buck or two. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    N.

  2. I’m an analyst! I’m an analyst!

    I expect, if they are making it, that Apple will sell 32 million Apple iTeleporters in the last quarter of 2007 for the Christmas rush.

    I’m an analyst! I’m an analyst!

    (how’s about a product before such predictions)

  3. this has to be the longest running rumor in apple history.

    i just hope apple delivers something that works and changes peoples beliefs as to what a portable communications device can do.

    i mean they have to have been working on this idea since before the intel switch, the intel switch might have made it all possible. IBM chips in a small lightweight device? Noway!!

    Im sure that devices like the one were all hoping for had as much if not more of an influence as to why apple switched to intel.

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