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Analyst predicts up to 12m iPhone sales

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Mon September 11, 2006

iPhone sales, 8-12m?

Apple's anticipated mobile phone won't likely debut tomorrow, according to Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster, but the rumored device could sell between 8 and 12 million sales if it debuts at the Macworld Expo in 2007 and could raise the company's earnings-per-share in its calendar year 2007 by 6-10 percent. "While we do not expect Apple to announce a phone tomorrow, we continue to expect Apple will ship the 'iPhone' within the next 4-6 months," Munster wrote in a research note obtained by MacNN. "Assuming Apple ships the iPhone at Macworld 2007, our sensitivity analysis points to between 6-10 percent upside to Street calendar year earnings-per-share." The analyst admits to a lack of concrete evidence that the handset is near completion or launch, but cites several indications -- such as the registration of the domain name iPhone.org and the trademark name "Mobile Me" -- that Apple is planning to introduce the product.




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  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    *sigh*

    Apple registered iphone.org way back in 1999.That's NO indiction that they'll be releasing such a named product anytime soon. Heck, they registered mammals.org as well - does that mean Apple's coming out with genetics software or a DNA analysis product?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Of course!

    Analysts know what they're talking about, so not only do we know the phone is a sure thing, its going to be a big seller, too!

    Of course, looking at things such as but cites several indications -- such as the registration of the domain name iPhone.org and the trademark name "Mobile Me" -- that Apple is planning to introduce the product.

    is pretty telling. I mean, when Apple registered "mammals.org", we all knew what it meant! Apple became THE one-stop online store for buying your various mammals and mammal accessories. And iPhone.org? Well, what else could one want. I mean, they push all those other names as well, like mac.com, itunes.com, imac.com, itools.com (oops, sorry, bad memory for some), etc. Apple is known so much for using all those other web addresses.

    And aren't we technically waiting for Apple to finally do something with the trademark name 'vingle'? And "Mobile me"? Is this some kind of intention to push people to visit Alabama? I mean, isn't everyone already mobile?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Blast you zaren!

    You took my mammals.org reference! That's it, its iPistols at dawn!

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    is it just me?

    Or is it just bizarre for someone to predict the expected sales for a product that does not yet exist (if ever), has not been announced, has no specifications, etc.?

    How can anyone take this garbage seriously?

    However, if they DID work on genetic engineering, I can say with some certainty that they'd sell millions and increse their cash reserves 12.6 percent over last year. Just think, there'd be that many more cool people and animals walking around.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    y'all are laughing...

    because there is something inherently ominous going on here. We're slowly seeing the focus of our chosen computer company being turned into a consumer electronics company. With a big dabble in Hollywood. They seemed to have abdicated engineering the computers, subbing it to intel, so I guess it shouldn't surprise us that much... still I'm disappointed.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    evidence...

    but just like court trials, the evidence strongly suggests that an iPhone is in the works and will debut. Just because it's not a fact, doesnt mean they shouldnt speculate about it. Domains, patents, links to the cell industry and of course, the fact that PDA's and cell phones will eventually take over the MP3 market are all strong evidence!

    So while none of it is fact, just like a court trial, the evidence speaks for itself.

    And while I really do hate analysts, they are just doing what they get paid to do... speculate! :)

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Analyze

    It this guys job to look at Apple and try to predict stock movement based on current products as well as future releases. Since Apple is more secretive than the CIA he has to try and guess what they are up to then come up with an impact it will have. I would not want that job. I am, however continuing to hold my Apple stock because their future looks promising.

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stamp out Speculation

    the computer market is no place for an analyst whom speculates about ANYthing.

    He's still speculating what he ate for breakfast...gee

    just count the beans; is it that hard to do your job??

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    its logical

    apple has dabbled with telephone handset concepts for years. remember the partnership with nokia in 98, a year before iphone.org was registered? :)

  1. technocoy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well...

    They DID buy a giant data center with craploads of telecommunications tech in it.

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