“It’s not the new and improved features of the iPhone 5 that got the most attention from Wall Street analysts Wednesday, but rather the mass global rollout of the new device and the speed of that availability around the world,” John Melloy reports for CNBC. “By the end of the year, the phone will be available in 100 countries through 240 carriers, according to analysts. And there’s hope for an official China launch soon as well.”

“‘In particular, the velocity at which Apple will distribute the product globally was a positive surprise to us,’ said ISI Group’s Brian Marshall, in a note to clients he wrote shortly after leaving the much-anticipated introduction of the product in San Francisco,” Melloy reports. “‘Overall the iPhone 5 announcement was in-line with previews, though we think the phone is launching at more carriers and sooner than many investors expected,’ wrote Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies. ‘We believe the launch schedule implies that supply constraints are not as bad as some feared.'”

Melloy reports, “The iPhone 5 is ‘the largest consumer product launch in history,’ said Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray. ‘We are raising our September iPhone estimates from 22 million to 27.2 million units given the confirmation of the iPhone 5 launch on September 21.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: We knew they were going to eat up Apple’s aggressive rollout schedule. Records will be set that will be difficult to equal, much less exceed. “iPhone 5S” — yuck, that’s horrible to read; they’ll never use it — “iPhone 6” had better have a 20+ country simultaneous launch while also being capable of morphing into a personal helicopter.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]