Analyst: iPhone 5 Launch Day Sales to Top 1.7 Million

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Apple is hosting a special media event on Tuesday, October 4, where the company is expected to introduce its latest iPhone model. Demand for the new model is so high, according to Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White, that Apple will likely sell 1.7 million units on the first day it is available.

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Waiting until October to introduce the new model instead of sticking with the usual late spring launch window has created “pent up demand,” according to Mr. White. He added that the launch day sales will shoot beyond the numbers for any previous iPhone roll out event.

As far as features go, Mr. White expects to see a redesign and some performance bumps, Business Insider reports. “We expect the iPhone 5 to get a makeover with a sleek, aluminum unibody enclosure that more closely resembles the MacBook Air than the iPhone 4,” he said.

He also expects Apple will make some other design changes, too.

“With this new enclosure, we believe this will provide Apple with the opportunity to expand the display size by at least one half of an inch to 4 inches and hopefully bigger,” Mr. White said. “Apple will clearly need to upgrade the processor speed to at least a Dual Core 1.2GHz to match the Samsung Galaxy S II, while upgrading to a 8 megapixel 1080p camera that is now also on the Galaxy S II.”

Apple’s iPhone media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time on Tuesday, October 4. Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our coverage of Apple’s announcements.

Apple is currently trading at US$377.02, down 4.30 (-1.13%).

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

geoduck

Meaning that if Apple sells 1,699,999 units of the first day analysts will declare it a flop and Apple stock will drop 20%.

skipaq

Predicting sales of an as yet unannounced product is solid analysis. Not. Let’s see: rumors tells us that there will be an iphone 5 or there won’t be; there will be 6 or 8 iphone 4s models or perhaps none; the 3gs will be sold free with contract or it won’t; world phone or no world phone is coming and then?

Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. Then we can have a week or so of predictions for sales of what is actually announced. Just call the physic hot line; they have as good a shot at getting this all right.

Lee Dronick

Meaning that if Apple sells 1,699,999 units of the first day analysts will declare it a flop and Apple stock will drop 20%.

Sot on!

daemon

Gasp! How is it possible that Geoduck and Harry are bearish on Apple selling more than 25 million iPhone 5’s in the first hour?! For shame! Where is your Apple over-hyped expectations…?

Okay, seriously, it’ll sell about 800k the first day. The rest of the launch will be hampered by Apple running out of iPhones to sell, since you know they started suing their main supplier of parts and TSMC is really bad at supplying the cutting edge parts that Apple wants, not to mention Sharp’s manufacturing issues with the screens…

gslusher

“...upgrading to a 8 megapixel 1080p camera that is now also on the Galaxy S II.?

That wouldn’t necessarily be an “upgrade.” At that tiny sensor size, an 8MP camera will underperform a 5MP camera, especially in the areas of noise, chromatic fringing, and low light performance.

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