Analyst predicts sales of 41.5 million iPhones in the June quarter

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri forecasts shipments of 41.5 million iPhone units in the current June 2017 quarter. This would be an increase from the 40.4 million smartphones the tech giant sold in the June quarter of 2016.

While the "iPhone 8" could be announced in the September quarter, Arcuri doesn't expect it to find its way into the hands of consumers until the December quarter. He thinks the timing of the launch is largely irrelevant, as he sees the handset being a "powder keg" for sales and the company's stock price.