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Apple’s iPhone sales numbers may be down next year, for the first time ever

Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm: once forces to be reckoned with in the smartphone (or pre-smartphone) world, they’ve all hit hard times as the market moved past them. There’s a sobering lesson to be had there for any company that feels like it’s on top of the mobile world, as even stellar sales and market dominance can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to stay up there forever. Right now, Apple’s smartphone business is practically a license to print money, and year after year, iPhone sales have been growing. But recently there have been signs that sales could slow, and that demand may not be what it once was. A new analyst report claims this trend is only going to continue, and next year we could see iPhone sales decline for the first time ever.

Whether you’re looking at fiscal year or calendar year projections, the estimated numbers are a little different, but Morgan Stanley projects iPhone sales drops of 2.9 to 5.7 percent.

Apple’s still expected to make a lot of money in 2016 – and more than it did in 2015 – but sales of products like the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and related services could be making up for the difference in declining iPhone sales.

Factors like more shoppers already owning smartphones and rising international markets are cited as possible reasons for this forecasted sales slump.

Source: Business Insider

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!