“Although market expectations may be higher, Apple will only ship four million iPhones this year and 12 million in 2008, according to a recently released report from Merrill Lynch,” Michael McManus reports for DIGITIMES.
“The report indicates that monthly shipments will initially total 200,000-300,000 and ramp to about one million units by the end of the year,” McManus reports.
McManus reports, “Based on its forecast, Merrill Lynch added that component suppliers for the device are unlikely to see a boost in their revenues in the short-term, though the iPhone should help drive demand for higher-end handsets, which should help suppliers in the long-term.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If true, the iPhone will face Wii-like supply vs. demand issues in 2007. Get your iPhone early! Note that 4 million iPhones for the second half of 2007, even with a flat shipments rate through 2008, would equal 12 million iPhones or 2 million units over Apple’s publicly-stated goal of 10 million iPhone units shipped by end of 2008.