Estimates range from 3.8 to 4.6 million. The consensus: 4.2 million, an all-time high
The Mac was hot seller last Christmas. But it was even hotter in the June quarter, according to most of the 43 analysts we polled in advance of our quarterly earnings smackdown.
Thirty of them are calling for Apple (AAPL) to set an all-time record for computers sold when it releases its earnings for fiscal Q3 next Tuesday.
Even the lowest estimate -- 3.8 million from UBS's Maynard Um -- represents a 12% increase year over year in an industry that grew less than 3%, according to both IDC and Gartner.
The highest estimate, 4.63 million from Gabelli's Hendi Susanto, represents a 33% increase.
And the average estimate, 4.21 million, translates to yearly growth of more than 20%.
Below: The estimates we've gathered so far and the dates they were submitted. The Q2 rank numbers show how accurate each analyst's estimates were last quarter (the lower the better).
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