updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue August 26, 2008
More 3G iPhones than 2.5G?
The number of iPhone 3Gs on the market is near or already past all of the original 2.5G iPhones Apple ever produced, a report claims. The article notes that it took Apple approximately a year to ship six million 2.5G phones, despite heavy promotion and availability in six countries. Anonymous sources now claim that Foxconn, the main assembler for 3G iPhones, is continuing to build some 800,000 units per week, and has been ramping up production. Apple could thus reach the six million mark within the next week, judging by lifetime shipping numbers.
The 800,000-per-week figure is supported by a second anonymous account. BusinessWeek has suggested that the number could be even higher, as much as 150,000 per day, or roughly 1,050,000 per week. Apple would thus be capable of selling over 40 million iPhones in 2009, which could be crucial given the company's desire to sell the device in at least 70 countries by the end of 2008.