There are about 2000 AT&T shops and Apple Stores in the US. Some people predict there will be 200.000 iPhones sold in the first two days. That meand there will be 50 iPhones per day per shop. That's not a lot. So if the line is bigger then 50 people at a store you may start to wonder if there will be an iPhone left. Difficult, difficult. (translation of Moeilijk, moeilijk.
These numbers do show what it's all about. How much units will Apple be able to sell. I know this gets into Economics before you know it but units sold means profits, means predictions by Wall Street analysts, means shareprice. And shareprice is what it's all about. Cause the shareprice means your total valuation.
Apple shares have gained 43 percent since Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone Jan. 9, seven times faster than the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. "“There's definitely a lot of buzz,'' said Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, Oregon. “If they only sell 100,000, that would be bad'' and the stock will fall."(http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a2a.eubwvxyI)
One part of me wants the iPhone and Apple to be a success but I prefer it to be a success after I've gotten one.