Apple might have made a killing during the holiday season so far as sales of iPhone and iPad devices are concerned. While official announcement is not expected before Jan 27, unofficial sources have already pegged the figure at an astounding 25 million. Of these 15 million is believed to have been contributed by iPhone and the rest by iPad devices. Both the figures apply to the holiday quarter and make for a 16 and 10 percent jump in sales of iPhone and iPad respectively.
However, while it has been easy to get at a fairly accurate estimate for the new iPhone 5s and 5c which had gone on sale around October, there could be some ambiguity over which iPad model went in for how many buys considering the latest iPad Air started shipping only from Nov 1. Further, the iPad Mini with Retina Display arrived even later, as it started shipping not before Nov 13, which means almost halfway through the holiday quarter. If that is not all, the second gen iPad Mini has been in short supply for most of the holiday quarter. Worth mentioning here, the above sales estimate for the iPad is based on data from 45 Apple analysts comprising of 28 from professionals and 17 amateurs. What this means is that there could some ambiguity which will be clear once Apple releases the official figures this coming Monday, Jan 27.
However, what is amply clear is that Apple has had one of the best holiday sales in recent times with both its iPhone and iPad devices trumping every other challenge over the respective segments.