Apple Set to Announce Blockbuster Quarterly iPhone Sales?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is scheduled to announce earnings results for its just-ended fourth fiscal quarter of 2010 on October 18th, and one of the big questions is just how many iPhones the company was able to sell during the three-month period. Apple's highest quarterly iPhone sales to-date came in the quarter ending in March of this year, with 8.8 million iPhones sold. The company's iPhone sales dipped slightly to 8.4 million in the June quarter as a successful iPhone 4 launch in the waning days of the quarter wasn't quite able to offset lagging sales over the majority of the quarter as customers held back in anticipation of the new version.


    Fortune takes a look at what Wall Street analysts are thinking as far as iPhone sales for the September quarter, finding a broad range of estimates as supply shortages have led to some uncertainty over just how many iPhones Apple has been able to get out to its customers. Analysts are predicting, however, that Apple will see a record-setting quarter for iPhone sales, with estimates ranging from a low of 10 million to a high of over 13 million. The estimates represent anywhere from 35% to 80% year-over-year growth compared to the 7.4 million iPhones sold in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009.
    Averaging analysts' estimates to arrive at a consensus number for the quarter, Apple may be looking at approximately 11.8 million iPhones sold, an increase of 60% year-over-year.

    Fortune conducted a similar analysis of iPad sales estimates earlier this week, placing consensus estimates at about 5 million for the quarter, on top of the 3.27 million iPads sold in the launch quarter earlier this year.

    Article Link: Apple Set to Announce Blockbuster Quarterly iPhone Sales?
  2. tzeshan macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    The 3Q figure will rewrite the balance between iPhone and Android based phones.
  3. NebulaClash macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2010
    Yes, it will help people realize that despite all the success Android is having, the iPhone is having parallel success. Both are doing well.

    And then in 2011 when the iPhone is available on another carrier than AT&T in the U.S., and the U.S. market share starts to double . . .
  4. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
  5. Aadhil macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2009
    I'm going to guess they'll sell at least 21 million.
  6. dgree03 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Good for them, when they get on another carrier they will improve numbers. I also expect to then start seeing BOGO for Iphones just like Android and BB.
  7. rikers_mailbox macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2003
    At this point, calling the iPhone a 'phone' is a misnomer. The device is so much more than a phone and people are buying it for so many different reasons. Yes, the iPod touch accomplishes the same but without phone functionality, but the integration/convergence of the iPhone is undeniable. It's a runaway hit and I wouldn't be surprised to see some ridiculous numbers announced come Oct 18.
  8. shawnce macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2004
    On the flip-side when folks compare Android against iPhone unit volumes they forget to add in iPad and iPod Touch. If compare Android and iOS market shares you find that Apple is doing well in comparison to Android and those two are doing very well compared to most other mobile OS vendors.

    This is important from the point of view of a third party developer.
  9. NebulaClash macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2010
    Good point. Most surveys push whatever perspective makes their point, but the number of iOS devices out there is massive.
  10. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    you mean that phone with all of those massive signal issues sold well?

    I think its safe to say that "antennagate" was blown way out of proportion by people who like seeing apple come up just a little short. Too bad (for them) its hands down the best phone on the market. When it goes to VZ and T-MO its pretty much game over. Who in their right mind would pick a droid x over an iphone if they had such a choice?

    I adopted the iPhone4 at launch and haven't looked back.
  11. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
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    Cha-ching! Can't wait for the stock price bump!

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    My wife got a droid x on launch day (she\'s on verizon for work), and sent it back a week later. She\'s like \"this is supposed to be as good as the iPhone? It\'s NOTHING like yours!\"
  12. crisss1205 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    Record sales but still no details on the White model.
  13. csouv macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2009
    Excellent point

    I say this all the time. How can you compare Iphone to Android it should be iOS to Android and Iphone to specific models of the Droid or Blackberry etc. But we know, there are a whole lot of folks who just don't want to see the real numbers. It would just break their hearts.
  14. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2010
    Houston, TX
    this article should silence all The "Apple needs Verizon" talk...
  15. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007
    well it should be compared like this

    Android Adoption (multiple devices) vs iOS Adoption (Multiple devices) sales

    HTC Android phone sales vs iPhone Sales
    Motorola Android phone sales vs iPhone

    the reason why i say this is becuase the iphone comes in diffrent form factors, 32 and 16gb
    motorola and HTC have the same thing but just more options, KB, screen size, and memory options etc
  16. crisss1205 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    I wouldn't say that the storage is a different form factor since you can get a Droid in 16GB or 32GB (if you buy the memory card) but as iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS as different form factors.
  17. hwhalers macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2009
    Comparing unit sales seems kinda pointless to me. Android will be on more handsets, this is quite evident and obvious given the number of manufacturers and carriers involved. And the disparity in units shipped will continue to favor Android, but the majority of devices will be glorified messaging or featurephones. A messaging phone, without a data plan and apps, running a smartphone OS, is not a smartphone. A better measurement would be mobile browsing, perhaps ad impressions (depending on the metrics and the networks), and app utilization.
  18. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007

    Words to cherish from one's wife. Most guys are not lucky enough to hear that.
  19. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I read the title as "Apple set to announce Blockbuster® Quality iPhone Sales" and assumed that meant they were going to file for bankruptcy soon. :p
  20. kenypowa macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    Yesterday HTC announced their 3rd quarter profit doubled that from the same quarter from last year. Both Apple and HTC is doing very well because they pump out high quality and attractive phones. The same can't be said for Nokia or RIM. ;)
  21. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007
    i agree, both apple and HTC have crazy sales, in canada telus has been sold out of the HTC Desire twice (sounds just like the iphone, cant keep it in stock)

    Nokia needs to stop dicking around with Symbian and come out with phones that dont have retarded form factors, just look at this dumb phone, you have to SLIDE it open to make a call, then slide it closed again, how STUPID is that?


    Rim needs to make their phones more open, currently you need a "special" data plan and a BES server to get exchange sync/push mail functionality

    the iphone/android/all WM phones just need a regular data plan to connect with no special server clusters
  22. arjaosx macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    No it can be said...

    The white iPhone was the ghost of an iPhone that never went into production. Let us give a minute of silence for its passing. :eek:
  23. MikeWong macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    iPhone vs Android

    The iPhone and the Android are both good phones. The iPhone is way better than ANY Android phone -- both in software and hardware. But the Android is more open like Windows was -- it has more hardware platforms, more carriers, more open (less restrictive) to App developers. That is why Android is succeeding.

    Apple knows it needs to be on VZ to nip Android in the bud. But the 5 year exclusivity contract it signed with AT&T prevents them from courting other carriers. AT&T knows the only reason they are doing so well is bc of that exclusivity. There is NO WAY and NO AMOUNT OF MONEY that AT&T will let Apple of that hook until the contract expires in 2012.
  24. 3N16MA macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2009
  25. rockosmodurnlif macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2007
    New York, NY
    Apple needs to get out from under AT&T. The phone could be selling so much more, if it were on other networks.

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