The results for Q4 2012 posted by Apple last week fell short of Wall Street estimates.  However, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley believes that good times are near for Apple It is predicted that Apple would sell almost 200 million iPhones  in the fiscal year 2013.

According to a report by BGR, the author states, “According to a recent research note from Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley, Apple will sell 194 million iPhone handsets in fiscal 2013, which begins with the current holiday quarter. The sky-high figure represents an average of more than 48.5 million units each quarter — Apple’s biggest quarter for iPhone sales to this point was the holiday quarter last year, when Apple sold 37 million handsets.”

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Nearly 200 million units of the iPhone may be sold

In comparison, Walkley expects Samsung to move 303.6 million handsets by fiscal 2013. However, Samsung has an array of devices spanning various budgets, where as Apple has just the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

The iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch tomorrow, November 2, in India. Here is a quick look at some of the highlighted features of the latest flagship handset from Apple:

  • 4-inch, 326 ppi Retina display at 1136 x 640 pixels,
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth, USB 2.0 via new proprietary micro connector
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p full HD video recording and a 720p front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions

Made entirely out of aluminium and glass, the iPhone 5 weighs 112 grams, and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S, and is the thinnest iPhone yet at 7.6mm. Apple has chosen to debut iOS 6 with the iPhone 5. The new OS includes Apple's own Maps app, an updated version of Siri and lots more. Overall, the new iPhone has been upgraded in almost all respects.

Siri has also been updated and new features include support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps; and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud.

Safari has also received a major update – the ability to go full screen on the device by touching the arrows on the corners. Another major feature of the new Safari app is the ability to sync tabs between the desktop and iOS versions of Safari. This new feature is called iCloud Tabs. The new Mail app has also received some updates, including the ability to mark people as VIPs and the ability to flag certain mails for follow-ups.
One of the biggest changes to iOS is the addition of Apple’s own Maps app in the place of Google Maps. The new Maps app has a built-in search for local points of interest, with over 100 million possible suggestions. Other features of the Maps app include navigation, routing, 3D maps, satellite imagery – that wraps around the 3D maps – and the ability to get directions directly through Siri. Most of the standard features of the Maps app, including satellite view, are available in almost all countries the iPhone ships to.

Read more about buying the iPhone 5 online in India here.

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