Report: 15 million 3G iPhones built in 2008

Friedman Billings Ramsey semiconductor analyst Craig Berger estimates that Apple will build at least 15 million 3G iPhones in 2008 bringing the total iPhone production to at least 17 million phones. Berger previously said that Apple would build 13 million iPhones in 2008 (which included 2 million 2.5G iPhones) but he has revised his estimate upwards because he thinks iPhone production in the third quarter will be higher than expected.

Specifically, Berger says that Apple will build 9 million iPhones in third quarter, up from 2 million in second quarter, and more than 5 million iPhones in fourth quarter.

For more:
- see this Barrons story

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