Apple’s mobile dominance to continue: 107 million iPhones expected to ship in 2012

Janney Capital Markets analyst Bill Choi believes Apple’s success with the iPhone will continue to sky rocket. Choi estimated recently that Apple will ship 87 million iPhone units this year and 107 million during 2012, a 27 percent increase year-over-year. Apple’s growing number of carrier partners will be the primary catalyst for the growth, Choi said, noting that 228 wireless carriers offered the iPhone in a total of 105 countries during the third quarter of this year. “There are still a handful of major carriers worldwide that have yet to carry the iPhone. Potential deals with Sprint (52.1M subscribers), T-Mobile (33.6M subscribers), China Mobile (628M subscribers) and other large international carriers pose a catalyst to fuel iPhone sales,” Choi wrote in a research note. Despite a recent rumor that suggests Apple will sell a new iPhone with support for T-Mobile’s “4G” network, statements from T-Mobile USA chief marketing officer Cole Brodman have suggested that T-Mobile USA will not carry the iPhone this year. Apple will unveil its new iPhone lineup on Tuesday and is currently expected to launch an improved model as well as a watered down and more affordable version of the current iPhone 4.

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