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Apple shipping 10 million iPhones this quarter?

updated 02:45 pm EST, Mon December 14, 2009

Chipmakers benefiting from iPhone spike

A rush of orders with chipmakers may lead Apple to ship more than 10 million iPhones per quarter for the first time, a study from Taiwan's Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute. The analyst group notes that the deliveries of chips needed for smartphones shot up 30.9 percent from spring to summer and expects much of that to translate into iPhone shipments as Apple will have queued up its shipments for the fall. Apple shipped about 7.4 million iPhones this summer but saw sustained demand that triggered international shortages.

Not all of the parts are attributed to Apple. While Infineon's baseband chips and Samsung's ARM processors have been helped by iPhones, Qualcomm has been given aid through several new Android phones as well as devices like the Palm Pixi and a wave of Snapdragon-based devices like the Acer Liquid, HTC HD2 and LG IQ. Texas Instruments' OMAP processors are starting to find homes in devices like the Palm Pre and should gain more adoption now that later designs like the 3430 and 3630 use the faster ARM Cortex-A8 architecture.

A 10 million-iPhone forecast is relatively optimistic, as major North American analysts have typically estimated between 8 million and 9 million of the touchscreen phones having shipped between October and December. Whether or not it will provide Apple an edge is also in question as RIM shipped 8.3 million BlackBerries in the summer and, like Apple, often sees a spike in holiday sales.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I have no doubt..

    I have no doubt that this is due to a record iPhone quarter.

    - A

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple will have a hard time beating

    RIM in phone sales. Some Blackberrys are very inexpensive or free and you can get them on practically every carrier in the world and they have so many different models. If Apple can consistently sell an average of 8 million iPhones a quarter it'll make a bundle of cash. Hopefully, China will eventually come around, but that's a longshot. I have a gut feeling that Apple will sell 10 million iPhones this quarter. Good luck, Apple

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You think Apple selling 10 million iPhones in the quarter is due to a record iPhone quarter? Wow, you should be an analyst!

  1. facebook_Rob

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Dec 2009


    10 million

    Yet not a single 1 seems to reach the Netherlands 'cause I've not been able to sell 1 for over a month now...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    rounding error

    your comment

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 10 million

    Are you saying you don't have any to sell, or no one is buying?

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