The iPhone 5 could reach half the lifetime sales of the Galaxy S2 in only its first week of sale, a tech and business wonk has forecast.
Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, predicts that the handset is poised to rack up between six million and ten million sales in the first seven days after it debuts - most likely on September 21st.
Assuming it’s the higher figure, it would represent half the 20 million-odd sales the iPhone's nearest rival has achieved since it landed way back when.
The only thing standing between Apple and the upper end of the forecast is potential supply shortages, Munster claims.
That’s something that’s affected earlier Apple smartphone launches. And if we can believe reports that iPhone 5 parts supplier Sharp is struggling with demand for screens, looks like it could rear its head this time around too.
Billed as the largest-ever iPhone upgrade and expected to debut at a press call on September 12th, the iPhone 5’s putative spec sheet includes a larger, four-inch screen, a quad-core processor and 4G connectivity.