Apple is expected to launch a high-speed wireless version of iPhone in
the second quarter and produce as many as 8 million of the devices in
the third quarter, according to Bank of America.
The prediction appeared in a research report about the
third-generation phone from Bank of America analyst Scott Craig.
"Our latest channel checks point to a significant production build of
a 3G iPhone beginning in the month of June after an initial small
build in May," he said.
AT&T said last year it expects to be able to sell a 3G version of
iPhone in 2008, but it declined comment on specific launch dates on
Craig said that now he expects production volume to be much higher
than his previous estimates. He said Apple planned to build more than
3 million high-speed iPhones in May followed by more than 8 million in
the third quarter of the year.
Apple is holding a developer conference in June and it is possible to
launch the new 3G iPhone around that time.
Apple has said it expects to have sold 10 million iPhones by the end