Lately, I’ve been tracking one AppAdvice reader’s gloomy, outspoken take on Apple’s near-term future, grabbing screenshots and saving them up so — a year from now — I’d be able to flip the script and tease the bejeezus out of him. Revenge on the commenters, you know? But, alas, I’m impatient. So Slushster, just for you, here’s the latest iPhone projection from industry analyst Mike Walkley of Canaccord Genuity:
We believe global demand for a new iPhone 5 could exceed our December quarter 50M unit estimate due to Apple’s expanding distribution base and large installed customer base…
Since demand for Apple’s iPhone remains sky-high and continues trending upward, the 2012 model was already expected to best last year’s December quarter total of 37 million units moved. However, because everyone’s expecting a massive hardware overhaul for Apple’s September release, analysts and investors believe the volume jump will be markedly more substantial than previously thought.
Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray agrees with Walkley’s astronomical estimate, saying that the upcoming iPhone “will represent the biggest consumer electronics product launch of 2012 as well as the biggest device upgrade cycle in smartphone history.”
I tend to agree.
But, Slushy, even if we’re wrong, there’s just no way this’ll be “Apple’s worst year ever in iPhone sales.” Not even close. And you know it.