There is no denying how popular the iPhone 4 has been and the iPhone models before that, so it is inevitable that the iPhone 5 sales forecast will be very healthy. There can be no reason why Apple will not be able to have a monopoly on the smartphone market, but they better hope that the market share will not be affected by demand and supply.
We have already learned that the iPhone 5 might not be at WWDC 2011, and could be delayed until Q1 2012. Apple has already said that the event will be all about iOS and Mac OS, and have made no mention of hardware — which does seem very strange and out of character.
Having said that, once the 5th-generation iPhone does get released, then 9 to 5 Mac believes that it will not only sell as well previous models, but more than all of them put together. There is a good reason for this sales forecast, one that you will be able to see in the chart from Asymco, which has been based on quarterly sales, which looks at how each new iPhone has doubled in sales.
However, we have to stress that this might not be the case next time round. We say this because Apple had a number of issues with the iPhone 5, as well as the fact that there are far-more rivals to the iPhone than there were one, two or three years ago.
Do you believe that the iPhone 5 — when released — will still be able to outsell all over smartphones?