Apple Is Guaranteed To Sell 80 Million iPhone 5 Units Say Analysts

Apple Is Guaranteed To Sell 80 Million iPhone 5 Units Say Analysts

Even though the iPhone 4S didn’t come with a radical new design and a few features customers were hoping for, it was still Apple’s most popular iPhone ever. During the first quarter of its availability, Apple sold over 37 million iPhone 4S units, but analyst Gene Munster says Apple is going to murder than number and sell at least 80 million iPhone 5’s.

80 Million is a lot of freaking iPhones, so how did Gene come up with that number? Munster’s firm surveyed 400 phone owners and asked them if they are planning to buy an iPhone as their next phone. 65.5% of respondents said yes, and of those, 51% said that they will be buying an iPhone 5 as soon as Apple launches it. Munster then used those percentages, along with his estimation for the current number of iPhone owners and summized that Apple has 80million iPhone sales “in the bag.”

94.2% of iPhone users plan to stick with the iPhone for their next phone, compared to only 60% of Android owners who plan to buy another Android phone next. Android retention is up from the 47% number it was at during the survey last year, but Android is still losing 33% of its current customers to the iPhone.

Another intersesting piece of information from the survey was that people actually prefer Apple’s smaller screen size over a large one. The survey showed two unlabled scale drawings of an iPhone and a Droid Razr Maxx and 56% said they preferred the smaller screen. However, it’s likely that user’s familiarity with the smaller screen pushed them to side with the current dimensions of the iPhone

  • dcj001

    “Apple Is Guaranteed To Sell 80 Million iPhone 5 Units Say Analysts.”

    In what period of time?

  • mrjlwilliams

    You’ve got to crazy to buy an iphone ay this point. Why do it? Keep the one you have, it’s the same phone.

  • BobPlank

    I have an iPhone 4, purchased on launch day. I will be upgrading to the new phone on launch day. This upgrade has been planned for 2 years. So, I will be one of the 80 million.

  • shade/ohio

    Will keep using the iPhone 4 until something worth upgrade better features. :)

  • Tim Meesseman

    You’ve got to crazy to buy an iphone ay this point. Why do it? Keep the one you have, it’s the same phone.

    Wow, you must be an Apple engineer since you seem to know the new iPhone is *exactly* the same as the iPhone 4S.

    Get real… of course the new one will have new features. Frankly, I’ll upgrade just because I can sell my 4S on eBay for a profit, even after spending $200 on a new one from AT&T.

  • picky

    shenanigans.

    id bet that if the model was constructed the glass would have tiny cracks over time. minute amounts of stress on the body would prolly coz it to fracture where the glass and metal contact.

  • justmeblue5ft3

    No one will know what it is until Apple announces it, everything else is a rumor. If the new IPhone has new features that I like I’ll upgrade, Actually I’ll probably upgrade anyway with 7 in our home, the Windows phone is not used unless the others are all in use, 2 Androids the kids picked, cheaper and okay for them, 3 iPhone’s which are everyone’s favorites. No fighting, yet 7 people = many devices.Had to activate my 3GS on the pay as you go for one of the kids this week, didn’t want a contract, we own the phone.

  • ConstableOdo

    You’ve got to crazy to buy an iphone ay this point. Why do it? Keep the one you have, it’s the same phone.

    Apple has not announced anything about the next iPhone yet you seem to know it has the exact same specs as the 4S. You should be writing your own rumors blog. If the next model iPhone has the same specs as last year’s iPhone then why bother to introduce a newer model. I don’t know about Apple being able to sell 80 million new iPhones in the remaining part of 2012, but I’m sure they can sell at least 40 million in the holiday quarter. Gene Munster is somewhat of an Apple bull flake and has often been carried away with extreme numbers, so I wouldn’t pay him any mind. 50 million seems like a doable number.

  • ConstableOdo

    “Apple Is Guaranteed To Sell 80 Million iPhone 5 Units Say Analysts.”

    In what period of time?

    All the holiday quarter is what I think he means. Not very likely to reach those numbers.

  • breck

    Just an observation… the new (6th generation) iPhone will probably NOT be released as the iPhone 5 > you decide for yourself > https://dl.dropbox.com/u/59786241/6GeniPhone.jpg

  • Tallest_Skil

    So is that 80 million iPhone 4S’ or 80 million 6th gen iPhones?

    If they’re too stupid to get the name right, you can bet they’re too stupid to get an accurate number.

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