Apple's next iPhone is due to be launched in less than a month according to just about every "insider source" under the sun. And the latest reports suggest the iPhone 5 will sell a jaw-dropping 250 million units in its lifetime, outstripping every other iPhone to date.
Analyst firm FBR Capital's Craig Berger writes that the iPhone 5 will sell in incredible numbers. He says, "We estimate that Apple should sell 250 million iPhone 5 units." Totting up the numbers, this will equate to $144 billion in revenue, and a final "$47 billion in net income". Although Apple has not officially unveiled sales figures for its iPhone mobiles recently, in July this year it did tell us that iOS devices (iPads, iPod touches, iPhones) had sold 365 million to date. Can Apple really sell more than half that amount again, with a single product… in a year?
Berger explains himself, saying, "We expect the iPhone 5… has the potential to generate the most promising device upgrade cycle in Apple's history." Ever since the iPhone 4S launched, the iPhone 5 has been touted as the last phone Steve Jobs worked on before his death in October 2011 - his final "gift to the world", if you like.
Analyst Craig Berger (image: Business Insider)
But will it really be that special? Improved features we're expecting include a 4in screen instead of the long-standing 3.5in design, NFC integration and a new body. The glass front, glass back design will reportedly be swapped for a glass front, metal back look that should help to cut down the number of shattered iPhones seen in high streets.
Nine out of ten Apple speculators agree that the next iPhone will launch on September 12. Be sure to stop back then for all the official announcements. We'll be back with more iPhone news as it drops.