Apple will hold its quarterly earnings call next Monday, which means analysts are beginning to weigh in on how many iPhones Apple sold during the holiday quarter. Although Apple’s new sales with China Mobile didn’t make it into the quarter, Apple still had a ton of pent up demand to go along with a set of new phones, plus its was the holidays. All those conditions should make for a perfect storm of sales, and so far top analysts are predicting Apple sold a record-shattering 55.3 million iPhones.
If that number pans out it would be a 16% jump from the same quarter last year. Philip Elmer-Dewitt at Fortune contacted 44 analysts – 27 pros, 17 amateurs – to find out their consensus on iPhones sales.
Last year’s gap between the highest individual estimate and the lowest was nearly 20 million. This year the analysts are much tighter with only a 9.7 million gap. The independent analysts are more bullish and averaged to a 57.1 million iPhones estimate, while the pros were more conservative with 54.1 million.
All the glorious details will be revealed when Apple hold it’s first fiscal quarter call on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2PM PT. We’ll be on hand to liveblog the call with a full breakdown of what’s sure to be a record breaking quarter.