Matei pulls Chen's figures from the FT post and writes: "In turn, this means that Apple intends on shipping roughly 70 million iPhone 6 units in 2014." Of course, it means nothing of the kind. Neither Chen nor Matei have any knowledge of what Apple "intends."
Matei concludes, "Apple seems to have a lot of faith in its upcoming iPhone 6...." This is equally meaningless, since there's no way from way, based on a stock analysts estimate of future product sales, what the degree of Apple's "faith" whatever that would mean in its product.
For a picture of quarterly iPhone sales, check out this bar chart from Statista.com. Q1 in Apple's fiscal year is the October-December quarter, which usually has the highest number of unit sales. The chart shows that every quarter's sales have been higher than the year-earlier quarter, and that sales continue to climb overall.
That seems like a pretty solid foundation for anyone's "faith."
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