Apple iPhone: 8 million total units so far

“On Saturday, Aug. 30, the daughters of ‘BillH’ bought an iPhone at an AT&T store in Sunnyvale, California… In a joint project of AFB and Investor Village’s AAPL Sanity board, several members have been collecting the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers of every iPhone 3G they can get their hands on and recording them on a big Google speadsheet here,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“By tracking the sequence of IMEIs, they can now say, with a fair degree of certainty, that as of Aug. 30, when BillH’s daughters bought that phone, Apple had manufactured at least 5,649,000 iPhone 3Gs. Added to the 2.4 million first-generation iPhones the company reported it had sold in the first six months of 2008, that means that Apple has manufactured more than 8 million iPhones this year,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“It seems likely that Apple will build — if not sell — its 10 millionth iPhone before the end of September,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

Full article with more details here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]

Bain de sang.


  1. Well la-tee-freakin’-da. Hey MAC sheep lets see where the ZunePhone will be a little over a year after it is launched before we get all excited about your one button wonder. Windows Mobile 7 and brown Zune Socks will make everyone forget there ever was a dumpy I-Phone.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  2. Here is another great quote by Peter Fader at the Wharton Business School who I saw was recently quoted about the iPhone:

    “I think that when this phone actually hits the market, some of the grand visions that Steve Jobs has as well as some of the Apple zealots are going to be rather disappointed.”

    Having made that statement and other great ones like this too:

    ” Apple seems to be moving away from that (Macs) and they’re becoming kind of a cute, cool gadget company. And, oh by the way they have a few computers over there as well.”


  3. 10 million is looking like an easier goal everyday. They will have to up it for next quarter now. With Best Buy stores, Russia this month and Christmas in sight, this number is going higher!

    With 40 million a year production, Apple will have 13.3 million more made this year. So, 8 and 13.3 is 21.3 million or about 20 million by year end. With 40 million next year!

  4. You confirm with your statement: – “Don’t bother me. I’m busy doing my 14th restore of my 3G iPhone this week” – what we already know – you are plain hopeless with IT.

    My suggestion is you keep away from it – much less comment on it.

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