Apple will deliver its quarterly earnings report for the end of 2012 on Wednesday, and with it should come the end of all that talk about the iPhone's fade — or so say some analysts who continue to believe in Apple's reigning mobile domination. Ever since major media organizations first mentioned the possibility of shrinking iPhone love, the skeptics have insisted that the reported cuts in demand don't actually have all that much to do with the phone's popularity. The moment of truth, however, will come tomorrow when Apple reveals how much money it made in the fourth quarter — and how many phones it sold around the holidays. And despite a falling stock price and the increase in Android popularity, the predictors believe Apple will prove the rumormongers wrong with massive sales figures.
You need look no further than Verizon's earnings report this morning to see an emerging trend. Although Verizon reported a bigger loss than usual, it didn't have much to do with the iPhone. In fact, a closer look shows that iPhone activations are as healthy as ever. The company sold 6.2 million iPhones, half of which were iPhone 5s, an increase from a year ago, as this chart via Horace Dediu at Asymco shows: