iPhone Sales Estimates as High as 700,000
"Apple has really met expectations and delivered the product they promised to deliver," said Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director at JupiterResearch. "If the initial forecasts of sales are correct they have blown away everyone's expectations, except perhaps their own."
Not every analyst saw the weekend as a success. JP Morgan analyst Bill Shope pegged sales at approximately 312,000 for the weekend and said in a note to clients that demand may have been a bit disappointing.
It's clear that the iPhone generated a lot of interest on Friday's launch day. Some shoppers reported delays in activation, which some analysts attributed to high volume; AT&T said most issues have been resolved.
Approximately two percent of users have reportedly been affected by activation issues. Analysts don't see the problems over the first couple of days affecting the iPhone over the long term.
"This is a new process, but most of it was you had 500,000 people trying to activate their iPhones over one weekend," said Gartenberg. "There is a certain frustration when you spend $600 for a device and want use it right away, but it's not something that's going to happen all the time.5