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A hundred thousand here, a hundred thousand there and pretty soon we're talking about a lot of phones.

A million is pretty good.

Like, say, a million of them.

Michael Gartenberg and Carl Howe opine on how a million iPhones in 74 days is pretty darn good.

Howe's piece pretty effectively takes the remaining air out of the already limp balloon of Scott Moritz's claim that Apple was all set to sell a million phones in the first week (or weekend, depending on whether or not Moritz has taken his meds). If Apple was thinking it was going to do that, why was it so hard to find an iPhone that week?

No matter how you slice it or try to discount it, the iPhone has already proved most of the aforementioned pundits wrong. If they want to claim that Apple didn't meet their expectations, that's fine. But any business writer or analyst who claims that selling a million units of a completely new product at an average price of $575 in a little over two months "isn't a good number" just is trolling for traffic. Last time I checked, half a billion profitable dollars in sales was real money in most people's minds. Claiming otherwise is just sour grapes.


Gartenberg, meanwhile, notes that...

...phones at that price point just don't sell in those kinds of numbers here in the US (where carriers have taught consumers the value of a phone is $0).

He then wonders what's next.

Here's the one thing that makes the horny one think that Apple might announce a 3G phone before the end of the year: the iPhone was still selling briskly at $575 (Howe's calculated average) when the company cut the price to sell even more. There's plenty of room at the top end of the market for more features.

If you were having a hard time imagining what the so-called "iPhone nano" would be like, all the while laughing yourself silly at the idea of a rotary-dial scroll wheel, maybe it's because the iPhone as we know it is the "iPhone nano", at least for 2007.

So, iPhone Pro anyone?