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Apple seems to have taken the unprecedented step of posting a special page for iPhone software updates, highlighting the very recent 2.0.2 firmware:
The iPhone 2.0.2 Software Update is the latest version of iPhone 2.0. It’s available now and it's easy to install. Just follow the step-by-step guide below.
Said guide features large but tasteful graphics, featuring "Steve's iPhone" no less. Taken together with the MobileMe News blog, could this finally be a sign that Apple is taking customer communication at least a tiny bit more seriously?
So while Apple is ramping up production of the iPhone 3G, it looks like the rest of the cell phone industry is in a serious slump. Kind of. According to the NPD, (via Ars Technica) only 28 million cell phones were sold this quarter representing a 13% year-to-year decline. But looking specifically at the model-by-model numbers, it looks like everyone is enjoying success on Motorola's dime.
Everybody has been playing the guessing game on how many iPhone 3Gs Apple has sold. The numbers have been pitted at 11 million this year and 25 million in 2009 on the low end and 13 million this year and 45 million in 2009 on the optimistic side. Well according to people familiar with Apple's production plans, it looks like Apple is preparing for the high end of the spectrum, upping their yearly production to around 40 million.
As it stands, Apple is pumping out 150,000 iPhones a day which roughly equates to 39 million a year (5 days a week, 52 weeks a year). Apple should have no problem selling these iPhones because of the international rollout and the Best Buy initiative, greater availability leads to more sales.