Going against rumors of a low demand for the iPhone 5, another analyst has come forward with expected numbers of how many iPhones Apple actually shipped during the last quarter of 2012. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities is the latest to pitch in with his analysis, with an estimate of around 52 million iPhones for the last three months of last year.
If the 52 million is indeed an accurate figure, it would be a giant increase on the previous quarter, and the same quarter a year previous. In fact, it would be 93% up on Q3 2012, and 41% up on 2011′s holiday quarter. Needless to say, it would represent a record quarter for Apple and the first time the company sold more than 50 million iPhones in one three-month period.
Kuo expects that of these 52 million, 35 million are iPhone 5 units. 9.5 million are expected to be 4S handsets, with iPhone 4 shipping 7.3 million devices. In total, it’s predicted that Apple sold an incredibly 140 million iPhones in total last year. All-in-all it would make for a very impressive earnings call on January 23rd, and would all but squash rumors of “weak demand”.