Apple can't possibly sell nearly 200 million iPhones from October 2012 - September 2013, or can they? Based on Apple's initial report of selling 5 million iPhones during it's first weekend their is skepticism. Rumors from the far east claiming FoxConn is having strikes at iPhone manufacturing facilities is also cause for concern, but mostly to investors looking for bad news in order to sell off their rapid earnings in Apple stock and make a quick buck.
iPHONE UNITS SOLD IN 2013 BY REGION
NOTE: Regions have been consolidated. China is included in Asia, while India, Africa and South America are grouped into Other category.
2013 will be a showcase year for Apple. Whether or not an iPad mini hits the shelves this year, next year, or Apple chooses to ignore the loss-leading $199 category altogether, it should be completely irrelevant to where Apple's stock price moves in the long term (which is nothing but north). 200 million iPhones sold in 2013 will relegate Samsung and others well behind the pack leader Apple. Google and its partners will be outpaced by Apple in 2013, further solidifying their consumer, business and developer loyalty.
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