updated 02:35 pm EST, Fri December 21, 2007
5m iPhone Sales Claim
Apple may be poised to announce that it has sold a full five million iPhones by the time of the company's Macworld San Francisco Expo keynote in mid-January, according to an unverified report. Purported insiders suggest the company is on track to reach the figure due to extremely strong holiday-inspired sales as well as the added sales figures from international releases: roughly 1 million, or 20 percent, of these sales would come from outside the US, according to the claim.
Though yet to be directly corroborated, the figures are partly supported by past figures and recent estimates. Apple had sold just short of 1.4 million iPhones in the US alone by the end of September and is expected to see a lift from holiday shopping. The new head of British cellular carrier O2, Matthew Key, also estimated earlier this month that as many as 400,000 iPhones may be sold in the UK by the end of the holidays. In turn, estimates have suggested that Orange sold 30,000 iPhones in France during the device's first few days. German sales accounted for 10,000 on its first day in service with T-Mobile but have not been updated since the early November release.
Reaching 5 million would significantly ease Apple's goals of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008, a target the company had originally set at the unveiling of the iPhone in January of this year.