Apple is expected to announce its December quarter results for 2013 next week, and according to some analysts, the introduction of two new phones could mean sales of close to 55.3 million iPhones last quarter.
According to Katy Huberty, an analyst with Morgan Stanley, iPhone sales should range between 53 and 55 million for the final quarter of 2013. This is slightly higher than other estimates, which peg iPhone sales closer to 53 million. Huberty sees 45 million phones sold this quarter and 35 million in the quarter ending in June, which is expected as sales drop after the holiday season.
Apple does tend to break its own sales records in December but passing the 50 million mark will be a first for the company. December quarter sales for Apple in 2012 were 47.8 million, but they had only one new phone, the iPhone 5, while in this last quarter, they had the iPhone 5C and 5S models.
Strong sales figures for Apple has analysts worried that this could impact Samung's sales, and the recent collaboration with China Mobile could boost these figures.