10 Million Iphone March

Revenge of the Analysts: iPhone #1 Smartphone? #2 Handset? 10 Million Already Sold?!

Rumors are flying today that Apple may have already hit the suddenly-not-so-outrageous-sounding 10 Million iPhones Sold goal set by Steve Jobs for 2008. Reader Reptile pointed us to Seeking Alpha's IMEI tracking coverage:

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IMEI Tracking Voodoo = 8 Million iPhones Sold?

Following on yesterday's Net Applications MobileSafari metrics, which showed ever increasing iPhone browser share, TUAW now tells us Investor Village has found yet another obscure path to sales deviation. This method involves tracking the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) code on each individual iPhone sold, and using it:

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Update: 10 Million iPhone March

Confusion. Confusion. Did Steve Jobs say Apple would sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008, or during 2008?

What's the diff? About 6 months and a 3+ million head start.

See, the first scenario means Apple has roughly 18 months -- from the June 29th, 2007 release day to December 31st, 2008 -- to move the 10 million units. The second scenario allows for just 12 months -- from January 1st to December 31st, 2008 -- to move the same number. Clear? No? Don't worry. Even the Macalope is confused.

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