According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Research, Apple is all set to ship roughly 71.5 million units of iPhone in the last quarter of 2014 because of the robust demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. If true, this will represent an 82% growth in sales compared to the Q3, 2014.
The iPhone 6 is expected to dominate the sales for the quarter with an estimated shipment of around 41.65 million units. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, Kuo says that its sales are limited because of supply constraints, which also indicates some manufacturing issues for Apple. He notes that if Apple manages to overcome the supply constraints for the iPhone 6 Plus, it will manage to ship an even higher number of iPhones in this quarter.
For the first quarter of 2015, Kuo expects Apple to ship nearly 50 million units of the iPhone — mainly because of the poor demand. The iPhone 6 will once again make up a majority of the sales with an estimated shipment of around 21.6 million units, with the iPhone 6 Plus clocking in around 10.2 million units.
KGI expects the sales of all models of the iPhone to decline in Q1, 2015 and later, except for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s because of their promotional pricing. While this will help Apple in capturing the lower-end markert, it will significantly drive down its ASP (Average Selling Price). However, the Cupertino based company will still stop selling these models of the iPhone in 2015, and shift its current-gen iPhones to mid-tier offerings later in the year. This way Apple will be able to make its iPhone line-up leaner and make Touch ID ubiquitous across it.[Via AppleInsider]