An analyst has prophesised that the iPhone 5 will sell as many as 10 million handsets in its first week, potentially outselling its predecessor the iPhone 4S. The power of Apple shows no signs of weakening…
An analyst from firm Pipper Jaffray, Gene Munster, says that the iPhone 5 could sell "6 million to 10 million iPhone 5s in the final week of September barring supply issues." This is under the assumption that the phone will go on sale on 21 September, following its unveiling next week on 12 September.
This may sound like a ridiculous number of phones to sell in such a short period of time, but the figures achieved by its predecessor the iPhone 4S suggest it is possible. The 4S sold four million in its first weekend.
The iPhone 5 is also a more dramatic change for the series than the iPhone 4S was too, with a different construction and a larger screen. It's the product that has been labelled Steve Jobs's "swansong" by many, as the last device he was fully responsible for ahead of his death in October 2011.
Apple has already sent out US invitations for the iPhone 5 unveiling, which is to take place on 12 September, at the usual time and place - 6pm GMT, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Although the invite doesn't specifically say the event is for the iPhone 5, it might as well have done. The invite features a "5" figure in the shadow of the event's date, acting as a pretty clear indication of what to expect.
Although Apple does not always release its products worldwide at the same time, the UK is usually among the first set of countries to get Apple goodies. The biggest Apple fans among you should be able to get hold of an iPhone 5 within the next three weeks. If you already have £500 or so earmarked for that exact purpose, let us know in the comments.