A Bloomberg report on Tuesday claims that AT&T competitor Verizon Wireless may finally get the iPhone come January (we’ll believe it when we see it!), while an Oppenheimer analyst claims that Apple has 12 million waiting customers from the rival carrier, which could add another $7 billion to their already loaded coffers.
See that graphic above? It charts Apple’s revenue from the iPhone’s debut in 2007 through estimates at the end of 2010, showing that the Mac, software and even peripherals will continue to mean less to the company’s bottom line than the iPhone does.
Now that the dust is settling on Apple’s iPhone 4 launch, all that’s left to do for customers is to enjoy their new handset (or keep waiting for it, if they weren’t fortunate enough to grab one this week). But the work for analysts has just begun, as they start picking apart sales estimates and surveys to pore over every last bit of minutiae.