An analyst from the firm Piper Jaffray has issued an estimate for the amount of units the iPhone 4 will have shifted in its first three days on sale.
And that number is between 1 and 1.5 million, which includes pre-orders (Apple has already stated that it sold 600,000 in the first day of pre-orders).
The same firm conducted a survey of iPhone 4 buyers in major US cities, and discovered that 77% were upgrading from a previous version of Apple’s smartphone, an unexpectedly high number.
Certainly the queues for the iPhone 4 in the UK reportedly put those for the iPad to shame. While the sales numbers seem to be set for a big success story, the actual launch has been marred by those antenna and reception problems.
Apple may, or may not, have an OS update coming out soon to deal with this issue, depending on which speculation you listen to.
We shall have to see if this really is a hardware problem, although if it isn’t, quite why Apple hasn’t already said that this is a software issue that can be fixed is beyond us.