Did Apple sell 36 million iPhones in the third quarter?

Today in Apple: iPhone Q3 sales could be as high as 36 million. Plus: Are iMessages really private? And a new Apple TV might be here soon

By , ITworld |  Mobile & Wireless, Apple, Apple TV

Apple May Have Sold 36 Million iPhones in Q3
Some technology journalists and analysts wrote off the new iPhones as "lacking innovation" but it seems they might be proven wrong yet again. Forbes is speculating that Apple may have sold up to 36 million iPhones in Q3.

Verizon announced on its September quarter results conference call that it had activated 7.5 million smartphones and that 51% of them or 3.9 million were iPhones. This is the same number of activations as the June quarter when Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones.

If Verizon’s 11.5% percentage were to be the same in the September 2013 quarter then Apple would have sold 33.5 million iPhones. However, Apple launched the iPhone 5c and 5s in China and additional carriers such as NTT DoCoMo in Japan which could have sold an additional 3 million iPhones. There should also be some channel fill of the iPhone 5c which helps September quarter unit sales.

I have estimated that Apple sold 36.3 million iPhones in the quarter...

More at Forbes

We won't know if he's right until October 28, when Apple releases its third quarter results. But his estimates seem quite reasonable, particularly given the huge popularity of the iPhone 5S. Apple may have confounded the doubters yet again.

Apple Responds to iMessage Privacy Concerns
There's been some question about just how private iMessages really are, and Apple has responded quite bluntly to critics.

“iMessage is not architected to allow Apple to read messages,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller in a statement to AllThingsD. “The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so.”

In other words, iMessage was built to thwart attacks, not abet them.

More at All Things D

I'm glad that Apple responded to this so bluntly. As usual there's quite a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) in coverage of the company's products. I doubt most iMessage users cared about the brouhaha anyway.

A New Apple TV Coming?
Apple Insider has some interesting speculation regarding a new Apple TV.

Amazon's online storefronts in France and Germany on Thursday showed sudden unavailability of the current generation Apple TV, instead noting the device will be "available from Oct. 23," hinting that a revamped version of the set-top streamer may soon be released.

More at Apple Insider

Rumors have been flying for a while about a new Apple TV. So it won't surprise many people if it turns out to be true. It won't affect me though as I don't even own a television set at this point. But I'm sure there are many people who would love a better version of Apple TV. Their wish may come true at Apple's next event on October 22.

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