Piper Jaffray analyst conservatively expects Apple to sell 4.47 million iPhones this quarter

“Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has upped his estimate of the number of iPhones he expects Apple to sell in its 4th quarter, from 4.1 million to 4.47 million, according to a report to clients issued early Wednesday,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Munster’s new estimate is based 1) on Apple’s report that it sold 1 million iPhone 3Gs in the three days following the device’s July 11 launch and 2) on 25 hours of in-store checks across the United States conducted over the past two weeks,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“On Tuesday, Fortune.com reported on the findings of an independent analyst, Michael Cote of the Cote Collaborative, who estimates that 3 million units were purchased worldwide during the iPhone 3G’s first 30 days on the market,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“Piper Jaffray’s estimate is probably conservative, says Munster, because it doesn’t take into account iPhone sales in the 22 additional countries scheduled to start carrying the iPhone on Aug. 22,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

More in the full article here.

24 Comments

  1. That’s about the number of BlackBerries RIM sells per quarter. With a single phone in what’s still a handful of countries compared to the scope of top competitor, that would be incredible. And it’s not even available in China yet!

  2. Looks like a rounding error to me, Piper Jaffray. MAC might sell 400 of these bug-ridden toys in the year, not 4+ million in a quarter. Besides, 20 million Windows Mobile devices are sold each year, so 400 I-Phones is pathetically miniscule. Have any of you MAC sheep seen one of these in the wild? Thought so.

    Advance previews of Windows Mobile 7 is clearly taking the wind out of MAC’s sales. ‘Sales’, not ‘sails’, get it? Probably not. MAC dorks.

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  3. Ugh!

    3 million in a month, with another one-and-a-half months of this quarter to go, AND they’re still queuing up for them.
    On top of that, 22 new countries are getting them this month – including India.

    I believe we’re talking about 6 to 7 million iPhones sold this quarter.

  4. The .47 makes it sound more like an official researched estimate. I had a conversation about it all the other day with a friend. If it’s a round number, it sounds made up. They know that so they just made up a less precise number.

    They also forgot to take into account the sale of the iPhone in Best Buy. So that number is low. I say 6.83 million. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. that’s why 20.18% of all statistics are really a cause of a rounding error . . . hmm, 20 . . . 18, boy those numbers sound familiar . . .

    i think i saw them scrawled on a chair as it flew past my head on it’s way to a splintered heap.

    btw, has anyone linked Uncle Fester with the fire yet???

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