Apple’s latest iPhone is expected to shift at least around eight million units before the month is over, industry analysts estimate.
CNN’s Fortune scribes quizzed number crunchers, including Piper Jaffrey’s Gene Munster and Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty, to get their two cents as to how well they think the soon-to-land sixth-generation kit might do after its mooted release date on September 21st, which happens to be just eight days before Apple’s fiscal year ends.
Well, the general consensus is that the iGiant will move between eight to 10 million handsets in that period, which, in case you’re wondering, would make it another highly successful iPhone 5 launch.
Last year, the iPhone 4S raced to four million sales in its opening weekend, the highest yet for an iPhone or any smartphone. The iPhone 5 is projected to top even that, according to Topeka analyst Brian White.
“Given that the iPhone 4S received over 1 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, we expect at least 1.3 million to 1.5 million pre-orders for the iPhone 5,” said White.
“Assuming supply chain constraints aren’t a major issue and the seven country rollout ensues, we believe at least 5 million to 5.5 million iPhone 5’s can be sold in [the first three days].”
Apple will officially lift the lid on its new iPhone later today to an expectant tech world. The handset is rumoured to be largely similar in design to the last two models, except taller and slimmer and sporting a more capacious, four-inch display.
Also mooted to be on board are a beefier processor, 4G LTE support and a smaller dock connector that’ll be become the new standard for the iOS range.
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