2012 is set to be an incredible year for the iPhone, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty (reported by Fortune), who suggests that Apple could sell up to 200 million iPhones next year.
Huberty is typically fairly conservative with her Apple predictions, so her latest report is especially significant. She also suggests that Apple could sell another 30 million or so iPhones this year to bring 2011’s total iPhone sales to around 90,000 units.
These projections suggest that demand for the iPhone is accelerating at a tremendous rate. Huberty states: “Surprisingly, US consumers expect to buy more iPhones in C1Q12 than C4Q11.”
Huberty’s predictions are based on both a consumer survey conducted by AlphaWise (which suggests the next year’s iPhone demand is expected to be 40% higher than anticipated), as well as her own research.
The iPad is projected to share a similar fate, with data indicating that Apple could sell over 80 million iPads next year, as opposed to the 25 million that had been sold by the end of September.