As MMi reported earlier today, Apple has already sold more than 5 million new iPhones during its first three days of availability.
But what we've seen so far this week may just be the tip of the iceberg for what Apple will accomplish in terms of sales next year. That's according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.
On Monday, Huberty reported that she believes the new iPhone will log sales of 25 million units for the quarter ending September. The actual sales numbers, however, might be stronger is supply catches up with demand for the remainder of Q3 and Q4.
All told, Huberty says, 2013 could see iPhone sales of 200 million or better.
Currently, Huberty expects China to provide a big spark for the iPhone 5, especially if the device reaches China Unicom by December and China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) in the first quarter of calendar 2013. The analyst also predicts that Apple will reach a partnership with China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world, by the second half of 2013.
Source: Wall Street Cheat Sheet