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  • Apple Fuels Speculation by Raising 1st Quarter iPhone Shipments


    Apple has supposedly elevated its 1st quarter iPhone shipment goals by a substantial margin according to reports surfacing Monday morning. Initial estimates for 1st quarter 2011 iPhone shipments fell into the range of 19 million units. That already-teeming number has allegedly been upped by Apple to approximately 21 million.

    Naturally, this situation begs the obvious question: What could possibly be driving the ballooning shipment goals of Apple for its popular iPhone, especially since the "newness" of the iPhone 4 has already worn thin? According to DigiTimes, the raised estimate reportedly includes somewhere between five and six million CDMA iPhones, fueling a long-standing rumor that need not be addressed further without any concrete evidence yet again.
    The first-quarter shipment goal for WCDMA iPhones has been adjusted from 13 million units to 14-15 million units, the sources said. The shipment goal for CDMA iPhones, which will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter, is set at 5-6 million units, the sources added.
    Still, it's a safe bet that the rumor mill will be churning at a breakneck pace during the next few weeks leading up to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. CES kicks off January 6th, 2011 at 8:30 am. Incredibly - or, perhaps, ironically - Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will deliver a keynote address at this year's CES.

    DigiTimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Fuels Speculation by Raising 1st Quarter iPhone Shipments started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ADF View Post
      I wish you non-article writing critics would get off of Messanys' nutz!
      I agree, stop sh1tin all over the guys stories! Ever heard of a newspaper having a gossip column?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      I agree, stop sh1tin all over the guys stories! Ever heard of a newspaper having a gossip column?
      I thought he was talking about how we are all making fun of the picture. And you are too.
    1. peterandrew's Avatar
      peterandrew -
      Yeah..Well the fact that the picture in a 2g iphone may make a difference!with other iphone..
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Wait, so estimates jumped 2 million (from 19 to 21 million) and that is what's fueling this rumor? This seems way off to me.

      So Apple was expected to sell 19 million units in the first quarter BEFORE verizon gets on board. The article then surmises that the jump to 21 million is due to a CDMA version. This means that having the nation's largest network offer the phone is only good for an additional 2 million phones for the entire quarter than if Verizon wasn't getting involved?!?!? That can't be right. I know the article states 5-6 million CDMA version phones but I can't see how total sales will only jump 2 million due to the nation's largest carrier offering the iPhone. Doesn't make any sense.

      I'm inclined to think this is more likely to be the white iPhone 4 (in GSM form) than the Verizon phone. I can't see Verizon getting the iPhone 4. They'll announce it at CES I'm sure but won't actually offer it till the iPhone 5 arrives in June (which isn't the 1st quarter anymore). Feel free to quote me on that.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      Wait, so estimates jumped 2 million (from 19 to 21 million) and that is what's fueling this rumor? This seems way off to me.

      So Apple was expected to sell 19 million units in the first quarter BEFORE verizon gets on board. The article then surmises that the jump to 21 million is due to a CDMA version. This means that having the nation's largest network offer the phone is only good for an additional 2 million phones for the entire quarter than if Verizon wasn't getting involved?!?!? That can't be right. I know the article states 5-6 million CDMA version phones but I can't see how total sales will only jump 2 million due to the nation's largest carrier offering the iPhone. Doesn't make any sense.

      I'm inclined to think this is more likely to be the white iPhone 4 (in GSM form) than the Verizon phone. I can't see Verizon getting the iPhone 4. They'll announce it at CES I'm sure but won't actually offer it till the iPhone 5 arrives in June (which isn't the 1st quarter anymore). Feel free to quote me on that.
      This is so true. Verizon is the USA's largest mobile Carrier with roughly 93 Million subscribers for their only to be a 2 Million more increase in iPhone sales for Quarter 1 doesn't seem to add up. Why hasn't anyone mention that this increase could also be because AT&T is now selling cosmetic damage refurbish iphone4's for $129 maybe even drop them to $99.

      I highly doubt Verizon is going to announce an iphone at CES. They will be debuting a new HTC 4G Handset and the Motorola Honeycomb tablet.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      I bet you have Verizon and want this so bad because every week you come up with a Verizon rumor... LOL you've been talking about this Verizon for years :P
      I agree big time. I like to see whoevers network these phones are going too hold up like AT&T's does when a new iPhone is released.