Apple is expected to launch not one but two completely redesigned iPhone models in 2014. According to a number of solid reports, the first will be a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and the second will be an even larger iPhone with a 5.5-inch display. In 2013, Apple smashed its earlier records by selling a staggering 9 million new iPhone handsets through their first weekend of availability alone. And that was with a relatively minor “S” upgrade leading the way — imagine how much damage Apple can do with two brand new iPhone models.
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We obviously won’t know how high Apple’s iPhone sales climb following the iPhone 6 launches until later this year, but a new chart put together by Statista and Business Insider does a good job of showing us how massive the opportunity is for Apple.
As can be seen in the chart above, about half of current iPhone owners in the United States will be eligible for an upgrade within the next 10 months. Assuming the iPhone 6 launches in September — Apple partner Deutsche Telekom recently claimed the iPhone 6 will launch on September 19th — that means half of all iPhone users will be able to purchase a subsidized iPhone 6 within seven months of its debut.
Then, another 22% of contracts are set to expire in the subsequent seven months.
Also of note, the data on this chart, which is sourced from UBS estimates, doesn’t even account for people on other platforms like Android who might now be interested in switching to an iPhone with a larger display.