Sources who are allegedly aware of Apple’s company plans are telling Business Week that Apple expects to sell between 40 and 45 million iPhone 3G units over the course of the next year.
Something about that number just seems absurd to me, but with factories pumping out 800,000 iPhone units a week, I suppose its possible. If they stick with that as a constant rate of production they would ship 39 million units over a 12 month period.
Most analysts have the numbers at a much smaller 26 million units. Frankly, either of these numbers would be mind boggling. The main thing Apple is going to have to focus on here, however, is getting the iPhone 3G running smoothly and with good 3G reception. 40 Million units are fine – as long you have mostly happy customers. I’m sure the real geniuses at Apple (the people who build this stuff) are hard at work on a true fix for the 3G connectivity issue – I just hope they find it quickly.