Originally Posted by LewysBlackmore
Seriously, you went for the koolaid comment? One of the key hallmarks of utter fail in posting commentary! Have you ever seen a launch? The folks in the Apple Stores are too busy to serve koolaid during launches
I think your estimate of 400-500k is a bit low, but then I enjoy understatement. Of course Verizon knows the most about the iPhone - compared to the denizens of the Apple retail spots, or not. I've gotten some really interesting responses at the ATT and Verizon stores about what the iPhone does and does not do, compared to more informative and accurate answers in the "koolaid zone".
If the rumor that there were 2M Verizon iPhones available for pre-order and the actual retail launch, 500k might not be outrageously low. They will start taking pre-orders again on the 9th which could amount to another 500k which would then leave a million to fill the channel (Apple stores, Verizon stores, Best Buy and Walmart) for actual launch.
We don't know how quickly we will see channel refill given that we are in the middle of the Chinese New Year break (although there were also rumors that Apple was paying to keep production rolling through the break).
Oh, and Apple would love for you to wander into one of their stores to buy that Verizon iPhone so that they have a shot of selling you a case or getting you interested in other Apple products. I don't think charlituna
really meant any more than that.