Apple on Tuesday will announce its financial numbers for its fiscal Q1 2015, and a well-connected analyst who’s been very accurate about the company in the past thinks they’re going to be off the charts. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has penned a research note flagged by AppleInsider that says the iPhone maker may have sold even more iPhones during the period than the most optimistic estimate.
Recently, analysts from UBS said Apple may have sold a record 69 million iPhones in the December quarter, but Kuo thinks Apple sold 4 million more units, for a total of 73 million.
Of those, Kuo says 42 millions were iPhone 6 units, 16 million were iPhone 6 Plus units, with the rest being made up of the remaining iPhone versions in Apple’s lineup, including iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
Assuming Kuo is accurate, Apple’s iPhone sales would be up 43% compared to last year and Apple’s holiday iPhone-only sales may amount to an incredible $44 billion for the period. Comparatively, Google is expected to bring in $15 billion in total revenue during the same time.
Apple is expected to continue its strong iPhone momentum in the March 2015 quarter, when it could sell up to 61.7 million units.
A table showing Kuo’s expectations for Apple’s December and March quarters follows below.