“There’s a lot chatter in the tech press right now about iPhone sales to China Mobile, Apple’s newest and biggest partner,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
“But when the company reports its earnings a week from Monday, the iPhone result traders will be keyed in on is how many units Apple sold in the quarter before the China Mobile dea,” P.E.D. reports. “With a crop of new phones, a year’s pent-up demand, plenty of supply, more Apple stores and lots of holiday shoppers, there’s no reason Apple shouldn’t turn in another record quarter of iPhone sales — Android and Samsung be damned.”
MacDailyNews Take: They already are damned.
“The consensus among the 44 analysts we’ve heard from so far — 27 professionals and 17 amateurs — is unit sales of 55.3 million iPhones, up 16% from the same quarter last year,” P.E.D. reports. “We’ll find out who was closest to the mark when Apple reports its fiscal Q1 2014 earnings after the markets close on Monday, Jan 27.”
The full list of all 44 individual analysts’ iPhone unit sales estimates for Apple’s Q114 here.
Apple to webcast Q114 earnings release conference call on January 27th – January 7, 2014