The iPhone 6 will reportedly account for almost 60% of all sales for the quarter at 41.65 million units. The iPhone 6 Plus comes in at a distant second partly due to a supply shortage. Kuo believes the shortage is due to high demand but also production issues.
Mostly due to off-season demand, sales of the iPhone in Q1 are expected to drop significantly. Kuo estimates Apple will sell 49.4 million units in the quarter, including 21.6 million iPhone 6 and 10.2 million iPhone 6 Plus handsets.
Notably, Kuo actually expects the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S models to see increased sales in Q1 growing 77.3% and 58.2%, respectively. This is said to be due to promotional pricing and marketing to emerging markets.
Finally, Kuo believes Apple will eventually discontinue the iPhone 5c and iPhone 4S models to streamline its product offerings. Apple is also expected to unveil new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices next year moving the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to mid-tier offerings and the iPhone 5s to the bottom of its lineup. Along with iPad updates, that would give Apple an all Touch ID-equipped lineup, helping its Apple Pay initiative.
If you are looking to purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus this holiday season, be warned that supplies are still constrained. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.