Apple “just closed its books on the biggest iPhone quarter ever,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “How big? That’s the multi-billion dollar question.”
Of all its products, none is more important to Apple’s bottom line than its smartphone, which generated $5.4 billion in fiscal Q3 — 40% of the company’s total revenue,” P.E.D. reports. “The iPhone 4, launched three days before the end of that quarter, has been in short supply ever since, making it trickier than usual for analysts trying to estimate sales in advance of Apple’s quarterly earnings report.”
P.E.D. reports, “The Q4 iPhone estimates of the analysts we’ve polled vary wildly, from a low of 10 million units from Morgan Keegan’s Tavis McCourt to a high of 13.3 million from Rodman & Renshaw’s Ashok Kumar. At the low end, that represents a 35.7% increase from Q4 2009. At the high end, it’s more like 80% year over year.”
Rad more in the full article, including a rundown of over 20 analysts’ iPhone unit sales predictions, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]