The iPhone 5 will lay waste to Apple’s previous handsets’ sales records, an analyst has forecast, as the world waits to see what the gadget-maker has in store for us later today.
Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities predicts iPhone 5 sales in excess of 1.7 million in the three days after launch – the figure that currently stands as Apple’s best ever showing.
Demand will be driven in part by the fact that since the iPhone 4 dropped in June 2010, another 74 carriers have come on board as Apple network partners - massively expanding availability to 228 networks worldwide.
A “media blitz” will also mean that phone is nigh-on inescapable for the foreseeable future, according to White, while the delay in getting the iPhone 5 to market means there are millions more consumers whose contracts have ended and are ready to upgrade to the new phone.
Writing in a note to investors, White also reiterated much of what is expected to feature on the handset, including rumour mill staples such as a larger four-inch screen, an eight-megapixel snapper and the same A5 processor as the iPad 2.
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