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Apple Sold 35M iPhones, 13.5M iPads in Q4 2011, Analyst Says

According to a new report, Apple should enter this year by announcing impressive sales for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co estimates Apple could have reached 35 million iPhone shipments in the last quarter of last year, with 13.5 million iPads sold in the same time frame.

In addition, the analyst points out that Apple is likely to have a busy calendar this year. This schedule includes the launch of the next generation iPad, predicted to happen in February or March, the upcoming iPhone 5, which will probably hit the market in autumn, and also the elusive iTV - much rumoured, though there is no reliable prediction on a release date yet.

Moreover, research firm Nielsen confirmed the above predictions about Apple starting the year on a high note. "Among recent acquirers, meaning those who said they got a new device within the past three months, 44.5 percent of those surveyed in December said they chose an iPhone," (compared to just 25% in October) the analysts from Nielsen point out in a blog post. The blog also reveals that in December 57% of new iPhone owners had decided to get the latest model.