Apple could sell 80 million iPhone 6 units by the end of 2014

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The iPhone 6 is undoubtedly one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated gadgets, but how does this translate into actual sales?

Crunching the numbers, Taiwan’s Topology Research Institute predicts that the iPhone 6 will sell around 80 million units by the end of 2014. With most sources suggesting that Apple plans to release both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, these devices will likely be going on sale in September — meaning that Apple would be selling an average of 20 million iPhone 6 devices per month, for the final four months of the year.

Interestingly, the breakdown of these numbers suggest that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be far and away Apple’s biggest seller: accounting for 70 million of the 80 million projected sales. TRI meanwhile predicts that the 5.5-inch “phablet” iPhone 6 will sell between 8 and 10 million units during that same timeframe.

While this might seem somewhat lopsided given the fast-growing popularity of the phablet form factor, it does marry up to previous reports, suggesting that Apple is planning to manufacture 4x as many 4.7-inch iPhone 6 models as 5.5-inch ones.

What do you think of the sales figures predicted by Topology Research Institute? And which iPhone 6, if any, are you planning to buy later this year? Leave us your comments in the box below.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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