Two new models on the market led to sales of some 55.3 million in the fourth quarter last year, according to analysts' estimates.
Apple is officially reporting its Q4 results on Jan. 27. Meanwhile, some 27 professional and 17 amateur analysts have weighed in with their projections of sales during the period. According to Fortune, there's not a huge amount of variation among the estimates: The range is 50 million to 59.73 million
It's not unusual for Apple to break an iPhone sales record in its Q1 -- it has done so every Q1 since 2010. Breaking into the 50-million range is new territory for Apple, though. In its fiscal Q1 in 2013, Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones. However, at that time, Apple only had one new iPhone model -- the iPhone 5 -- for sale. In the most recent quarter, Apple offered the iPhone 5C and the higher-end iPhone 5S. Both models were introduced in September
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