Researchers predict that iPhone sales will jump this holiday season, led by the iPhone 6, which is anticipated to remain twice as popular as the iPhone 6 Plus.
An estimated 71 million iPhones will be sold in the holiday quarter, 9 To 5 Mac reported, citing KGI research predictions. This estimate follows with an anticipated 50 million to start off the 2015. This will also lead to the end of the iPhone 5c and 4s, expected to be discontinued in 2014. KGI also reports the ratio of the iPhone 6 to 6 Plus will remain about two to one.
“We forecast overall iPhone shipments will surge 82 percent quarter over quarter to 71.5 million units in fourth quarter 2014, given robust demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus supply shortage implies not only robust demand, but also confirms our concerns regarding constraints within the supply chain. We believe 4Q14 iPhone shipments will be stronger if supply chain constraints are eased,” KGI Research’s Ming-Chi Kuo said in the report.
Fourth-quarter predictions of the iPhone 6 include 41.6 million, followed by 21.6 million units in first-quarter 2015. iPhone 6 Plus units for fourth quarter are anticipated to hit 15.1 million and 10.2 million in the first quarter 2014. This shows a 48 percent decrease for the iPhone 6 quarter-to-quarter and a 32.2 percent decrease for the iPhone 6 Plus in the first quarter 2015. The 71 million iPhones total anticipated to sell in the fourth quarter 2014 is expected to drop 30.9 percent to 49.4 million in first quarter 2015.