“Based on the tremendous efforts by members at Mac Observer’s AFB [Apple Finance Board] to track IMEI iPhone numbers, we have determined that Apple has drastically surpassed analyst’ Q4 iPhone sales estimates, and that Apple has reached its goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008. The consensus estimates for iPhone sales figures for Apple’s Q4 (calendar Q3) were calling for approximately 4 million units. It now appears that Apple has sold at least 7 to 7.5 million iPhones in Q4—that’s nearly 80% above consensus. Apple has far surpassed even Gene Munster’s bullish estimates of 5 million iPhone sales in Q4 according to the data,” Andy M. Zaky and Turley Muller report for Bullish Cross.
“The latest IMEI [International Mobile Equipment Identity] data point collected by AFB was 9,190,680—an 8GB Black iPhone recorded as manufactured on September 29 and sold on October 5. This suggests that even if a whopping 1.5 million iPhones of the total IMEI registered devices are unsold as of today, an unlikely assumption, it would still put 3G iPhone sales at 7.6 million units and 2008 iPhone sales at over 10 million units,” Zaky and Muller report. “Coming into the quarter, Apple had already sold 2.42 million iPhones. Thus, 7.6 million 3G iPhones sold puts Apple above 10 million units for the year.”
More in the full article, including some well-deserved criticism of so-called analysts Toni Sacconaghi, Kathryn Huberty, and others, here.
[Attribution: Fortune. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jersey_Trader” for the heads up.]