If this prediction is true, it would translate into a 16 percent growth over the preceding quarter.
Analysts have already started making their predictions, less than a week from the day Apple is due to report its quarterly earnings. The previous quarter will be an important metric as it will show how many iPhones Apple was able to sell before the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C debuted on China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier. Going forward, analysts expect Apple to sell roughly two to three million units on China Mobile alone each quarter.
Fortune has rounded up numbers and predictions from 44 analysts, which include 27 professionals and 17 amateurs. There is a consensus on unit sales of 55.3 million iPhones, a 16 percent surge as opposed to the same quarter in 2013. It should be kept in mind though that analysts aren’t always spot on, unit sales might be a million or two higher, or they could go either way. Results will only be known for sure when Apple reveals fiscal Q1 2014 earnings after the markets close on January 27.
The current quarter will include sales on China Mobile as well, figures from this quarter are still a few months away. Pre-orders on the carrier have reportedly topped a million, so its likely that Apple might meet expectations of moving a couple of million units on China Mobile alone each quarter.