Just days ahead of the official Apple iPhone 4S release date industry analysts have predicted Apple could sell more than 3 million of its iOS 5 touting devices during the opening weekend
With Apple revealing earlier this week that more than 1 million iPhone 4S handsets were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours the device was available, industry analysts have predicted the iPhone 4 replacement could sell more than 3 million units in its opening weekend.
Speaker just days ahead of the October 14th iPhone 4S UK release date RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky has suggested Apple could hit the impressive opening weekend sales milestone whilst others predict the iOS 5 powered device will record 25 million sales by the end of the year.
“The preorders indicate Apple may sell nearly 3 million in the first weekend,” Abramsky said. He added the figure would be “almost double the number sold in the opening weekend last year.”
Abramsky’s remarks were reaffirmed by fellow analyst Gene Munster of Poper Jaffray Cos who remarked: “Apple may sell more than 25 million iPhones in the quarter ending in December, making it the strongest iPhone launch ever.”
Despite adding a new 8-megapixel camera with 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities, the same ARM A5 dual-core processor found within the iPad 2 and the new iOS 5 mobile operating system, Apple has come under criticism for maintaining the same form factor from the iPhone 4 for its newly unveiled handset.
“The early momentum of the iPhone 4S reaffirms Apple’s leadership in smartphones,” said Mark Moskowitz, an analyst at JPMorgan & Chase Co. “The strength of the orders should silence those who said the lack of a redesigned body on the iPhone 4S would deter buyers.”
Apple’s next-generation smartphone is to launch later this week with the October 14th iPhone 4S release date being preluded by the arrival of the T3 iPhone 4S review and a selection of iPhone 4S videos having been granted time with the device prior to launch.
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