8 Million iPhones


According to the Mac Observer, a recent iPhone purchased in Sunnyvale, CA had the number "01 171400 6049xx x".

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.

This is consistent with the 800k phones / week estimates that we cited last month.

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