Citing a survey of 1,000 people, RBC's Mike Abramsky says 20% of the respondents intend to buy the fourth version of the iPhone due next month. This is more than twice the number of eager buyers surveyed prior to the original iPhone three years ago.
Abramsky estimates Apple will sell 23 million of the redesigned "HD" iPhone this year, which is more than half of the 40 million iPhone sales estimate he has for 2010. Included in Abramsky's forecast is the arrival of a CDMA-based iPhone, "but not necessarily at Verizon this year," he says.
The timing of the new iPhone coincides with the expiration of the original two-year iPhone contracts and the large number of AT&T (T) customers eligible for phone upgrades.Apple is expected to unveil its newest iPhone on June 7 at its developers' conference in San Francisco. A prototype of the new iPhone made a big splash last month when Gizmodo documented and displayed the device after purchasing it from a guy who claimed to find it at a Silicon Valley bar.
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