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'Unprecedented' Sales Numbers Expected for 'iPhone 8'

Credit: Venya Geskin
"iPhone 8" concept
November 29, 2016

In the second half of 2017, Apple could see iPhone sales reach 150 million units thanks to the “iPhone 8,” according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Pent-up demand for new designs and new technology like wireless charging are being attributed to the record-breaking forecast, according to AppleInsider.

According to Kuo, the next iPhone could easily blow past the iPhone 6, which remains Apple’s best-selling handset.

In Kuo’s view, a combination of factors suggest Apple’s 2017 upgrades will lead to “unprecedented replacement demand,” led by a new high-end OLED model that is expected to feature an all-new design and “notably superior specifications” from a pair of new models with LCD screens.

Kuo also has high hopes for the new 4.7-inch model with LCD, however, predicting that the addition of a glass back and wireless charging will make it the company’s new mid-range handset, appealing to a wide swath of consumers.

Apple is likely to unveil three new iPhones in September 2017, including a 5.8-inch model for the first time. This model would be joined by traditional 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.