3 million iPhones ready at launch?

By Justin Mann on June 8, 2007, 8:18 PM
When a product is hyped and there is a huge amount of interest, a common problem on launch is supply shortages. We've seen it with video cards, with processors, with game consoles and many others. Will it happen with the iPhone? Supposedly not, as according to some reports there will be over 3 million iPhones ready come launch.

Of course, Apple will not comment on these reports or other launch speculation. That said, they have claimed they want 10 million sold before the end of next year. Given the only slightly-more-than-niche market that PDAs are, and given the high cost of the iPhone, that's gonna be tough. Still, if supply is always there, they'll have at least one leg up.

As the article brings out, they face some serious competition. Nokia, Palm, Rim, HTC and others are already well embedded into the PDA market. Even if three million out the door at the end of his month could happen, it isn't what Apple is used to: The iPod often faced artificial shortages intentionally. Perhaps they've changed that business model. We'll see.




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9Nails said:
The Apple iPhone will have that cool factor which will sell. People generally appreciate a clean and simple design. It's the phone carrier that has me wondering if the phone will be taken up ad quickly as they have hoped.
CuriousJoe2007 said:
iPhone Clone is on it's way. Apple lost lots of revenue by releasing it too slow after the announcement. LG, Nokia, Sony Erricssen, Samsung will soon have similar close if not better.Let's the iPhone clone war begins. We all benefit from it, as consumers.
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