Details Behind Apple’s Upcoming Record Fourth Quarter iPhone Sales

While Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) missed analysts’ fourth quarter expectations, the company’s impending international rollout of the iPhone 4S should help fourth quarter sales.

Domestic sales of the new phone has been off the charts, but December’s iPhone sales are poised to go even higher. During the company’s recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “We’re very confident that we will set an all-time record in the December quarter for iPhone sales.” Sounds like competitors Samsung, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), and Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) have their work cut out for them during the holidays.

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Even analysts agree. In a recent research note, UBS analyst Maynard Um predicted strong international iPhone sales could push the company’s sales to over $40 million — a number that double’s third quarter sales.

In the third quarter, U.S. and international iPhone sales was  a 27.5 percent to 72.5 percent split. With Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) looking to sell 11.7 million iPhones stateside as forecast by analysts, a split will look the same with a large December rise worldwide.

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock is up 2.88 % to $404.16 on the news. Shares are up 25.32% year to date. The stock has traded in a 52-week range between $297.76 and $426.70.

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