Based on Verizon’s iPhone activation numbers released yesterday, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White estimates that Apple sold a whopping 56 million iPhones in the last quarter.
White arrived at this estimate by basing his calculations on Verizon’s contribution to net iPhone sales in the past six quarters, which has been 11 percent. He added that even if Verizon’s contribution to iPhone sales is higher than before, at 12 percent, Apple would still have sold 51 million iPhones in the three-month period ending in December.
AppleInsider cites estimates of several other analysts who expect sales of over 46 million iPhones.
Verizon’s 6.2 million iPhone sales last quarter were double its sales in Q3 of 2012, indicative of the huge surge in demand due to the holiday season. In its release, Verizon noted that half of its iPhone sales last quarter were iPhone 5 units, with the rest half composed of the older generation iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The other major U.S. carrier AT&T is also expected to announce record sales of the iPhone for the holiday quarter. Analysts estimate this number to be around 8 million units.
In its most recent earnings release, Apple noted that it expected the holiday quarter to generate record sales of iOS devices and Macs, amounting to $52 billion in revenues. We’ll know if Apple lives up to, and exceeds its expectations tomorrow, when the company will be reporting its earnings for the fourth calendar quarter of 2012 tomorrow.