We’ve already heard a few analysts sound off on impressive sales predictions for the iPhone 5 when it makes its rumored debut next month, but FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger is predicting insane success for the next iPhone. In fact, Berger believes Apple will generate $144 billion in revenue from the phone over the lifetime of the device, representing 250 million units sold.
The court case between Apple and Samsung recently revealed that Apple sold a total of 85 million iPhones between 2007 and the second quarter of this year in the United States. Those sales brought in $50 billion in revenue for Apple. So, in other words, Berger believes that Apple will more that triple that figure with the iPhone 5. However, his projection also includes global sales and not just units sold in the United States.
According to Mashable, Berger believes that Apple will generate the revenue from existing iPhone users who decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, even if it means upgrading without a subsidy. Also, Berger said that China will be a huge marketplace for the iPhone 5 once Apple inks a deal with China Mobile. Berger thinks China Mobile will launch the device in January of next year and believes the carrier will sell 13 million devices alone. China Unicom is currently the lone iPhone wireless carrier in China.