Apple recently announced that it received more than 2 million pre-orders for the iPhone 5 last Friday. Now, analysts are beginning to publish their best estimates for opening weekend sales figures. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, the same guy who said Apple would sell 5-10 million iPhone 5 units in September (before the device was even announced) now believes Apple could sell that many this weekend.
“While we continue to believe an 8 million launch weekend figure is achievable, we believe that the 2 million preorders suggest that the worst case weekend sales figure is likely to be 6 million,” Munster said in a recent note. As CNET notes, Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S units last year, so basically the company would be doubling that sales figures when pre-orders are accounted for.
The device is already proving to be incredibly popular among consumers. Most carriers in the United States are now stating that the device will ship in two weeks, instead of on Sept. 21.
Apple typically publishes its sales figures after the opening weekend of a device’s debut, so we expect to hear the official count next Monday.