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500,000 iPhones reported sold, beats estimates

updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon July 2, 2007

Half Million iPhones Sold

Apple's sales of the iPhone have more than exceeded estimates, according to senior analyst Gene Munster of PiperJaffray. The research group's rough sales figure of about 500,000 units is more than double the 200,000 predicted for June and reflects the company meeting a "strong demand" with enough supply. Apple's efficiency in moving units was particularly impressive on the iPhone's opening night, the report notes: at higher-profile stores in New York and elsewhere, about 50 cashiers could process as many as 1,000 iPhones per hour. That there was still some stock left over at some Apple stores by the end of the week was more a reflection of the California electronics firm preparing itself well for a spike in sales, Munster says.

"While we had been expecting moderate supply constraints over the weekend, we observed strong demand met with strong supply in most places," he says.

One concern was that Apple's retail tracker showed some stores running dry of stock but would not indicate numbers, making it difficult to quantify demand. "Limited availability could mean either high demand, low supply, or a mix of both," Munster says.

Purchasing trends also pointed to relatively unconventional buying habits, the research shows. Of those buyers surveyed by PiperJaffray's teams monitoring the larger store events, just over half (52 percent) were existing cellphone users from carriers other than AT&T and almost all (95 percent) bought the more expensive 8GB model. The most identifiable handset maker that gave up sales to Apple was Motorola at 38 percent, besting the 13 percent of visitors who were trading in from Palm's Treo.

The choice of operating systems was evenly split, with the 50 percent of respondents equally identifying themselves as Mac and Windows users.

PiperJaffray is also positive about the device itself, describing the individual components as better than expected and confidence-inspiring.

"After 3 days of using the iPhone and testing its features, we are generally impressed," Munster notes. "We believe mobile consumers are looking for an easy-to-use smartphone, and Apple delivered."



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    A Tidy Profit

    If apple sold 500,000 units at an average price of $550 they generated a cool $275,000,000. And, if their profit margin was 50% as reported that means a tidy 137.5 million went into the coffers in just two days.

    Outside of all the ATT foul-ups, the reviews of the Apple device have been stunning.

    Nice device, Steve.

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    Best news ever!

    Now watch the stock drop. Insanely great company, insanely great products, but cursed with an insanely stupid investor type!

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    Stock crash!

    Everyone is shocked at the number of iPhones sold, that is why the stock opened up down $2+ a share.

    After using my iPhone for the weekend I love the device, it is simple, elegant and waaay cool. I am sure most users are having a similar experience. That will lead to more sales....

    Then one analyst will say he had a hard time with his activation and the stock will plummet!

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