Crash of the titan: could iPhone sales be about to fall for the first time ever?

Could iPhone sales actually fall this year?

Sales at Apple could be about to drop for the first time since the iPhone was launched, according to analysts.

Shares in the world’s biggest company look like they’re recovering from a big drop at the end of August, but this could be short-lived.

“Sentiment on Apple is a-changin’,” Berenberg analysts wrote in a note recently.

“Momentum and fast money funds are exiting the stock on negative revision potential as speculation around declining iPhone volumes heightens,” the analysts said.

Analysts predict sales growth in future years will drop to single digits compared with 35% over the last year. In fact, some are expecting falling sales.

“We believe that one of the biggest questions around the stock is how iPhone growth will fare against difficult iPhone 6 [comparisons] starting in [the quarter ending in] December 2015,” Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray wrote in a note to clients last week.

“Based on conversations with 15 investors over the last week, we believe that expectations are for iPhones to be down slightly year-on-year in [the December quarter].”



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