Big iPhones likely to bring Apple’s biggest, best sales quarter

Look back at Apple’s quarterly iPhone sales and you’ll see a simple pattern: The holidays are good for iPhones. The final three months of every year is actually Apple’s first fiscal quarter and 9to5 Mac notes that KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released his (typically accurate) estimate for the period, suggesting that Apple will have sold a whopping 71.5 million handsets.

How big of a quarter would that be? Here’s the chart of quarterly iPhone sales, showing that last year’s record was just over 51 million handsets.

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That’s a massive jump. Put another way: All those folks who dismissed the idea of and reasons for larger phones couldn’t have been more wrong. And the hits will keep coming for [company]Apple[/company], says Kuo, who expects Apple to sell another 49.4 million iPhones in the following three months.

It’s also interesting to see Kuo’s breakdown of sales between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus phones.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

For Apple’s first fiscal quarter, he suggests that 41.6 million people will opt for the smaller model while 15.1 million will choose the larger iPhone 6 Plus; another data point suggesting a current 3:1 ratio between the two. There’s still some supply constraint for the iPhone 6 Plus, although it is available in many Apple retail stores and the online shipping time has recently decreased. For the first three months of 2015, Kuo expects the ratio will approach, but not quite hit, a 2:1 model, with a pair of iPhone 6 handsets sold for every iPhone 6 Plus.

While there’s pent-up demand for the larger of the two handsets, it’s pretty clear that many have pined for a bigger iPhone, assuming Kuo’s typical accuracy holds true. I think it will and that Apple will easily report a blowout record for iPhone sales, both in the current quarter and in the next one well.

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