Analysts’s iPhone unit sales estimates vary widely for Apple’s Q4

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.]

14 Comments

  1. “making it trickier than usual for analysts trying to estimate sales in advance of Apple’s quarterly earnings report.”

    Really, why do analysts need to estimate earnings? Why not just wait for the release of earnings?

  2. “making it trickier than usual for analysts trying to estimate sales in advance of Apple’s quarterly earnings report.”

    Really, why do analysts need to estimate earnings? Why not just wait for the release of earnings?

  3. Watch the market manipulators come out in force over the next two weeks. In fact it has already started with stories on Jizzmodo (Apple Hater, Inc.) about how cases are scratching the iPhone4 and… drum roll and ominous music please…. CAUSING THE GLASS TO CRACK LIKE EGGSHELLS!!!!!! GLASSGATE!!!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!

    Of course, intelligent readers will see through the plans to artificially lower the price of APPL so the manipulators can get some stock at a lower price, then sell it at a big profit when Apple blows through another record quarter and it sores above $300.

    Question is: Do you feel like being manipulated?

  4. Watch the market manipulators come out in force over the next two weeks. In fact it has already started with stories on Jizzmodo (Apple Hater, Inc.) about how cases are scratching the iPhone4 and… drum roll and ominous music please…. CAUSING THE GLASS TO CRACK LIKE EGGSHELLS!!!!!! GLASSGATE!!!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!

    Of course, intelligent readers will see through the plans to artificially lower the price of APPL so the manipulators can get some stock at a lower price, then sell it at a big profit when Apple blows through another record quarter and it sores above $300.

    Question is: Do you feel like being manipulated?

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