“Apple’s second fiscal quarter, which ended March 26, was a tricky one for analysts trying to figure out how many iPhones the company sold,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
“Sales of cell phones and other electronic gadgets usually fall off after the holidays,” P.E.D. reports. “But on February 10, smack in the middle of the quarter, Apple launched the iPhone for Verizon, which should have boosted sales.”
P.E.D. reports, “The 43 analysts we polled — professionals and amateurs — were split on the question of whether iPhone sales rose or fell in Q2. Twenty five believe Apple sold more; 18 think it sold less. Their estimates ranged from a high of 19.8 million from Susquehanna’s Jeff Fidacaro to a low of 13.24 million from Goldman Sachs’ Bill Shope.”
Read more in the full article, with a chart of all 43 analysts’ Q2 2011 iPhone unit sales estimates, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]