By tracking the sequence of the IMEIs, the project now says that, with a fair degree of confidence, it can report that as of the end of August Apple had manufactured at least 5,649,000 iPhone 3Gs. When you add the 2.4 million first-generation iPhones Apple reported it had sold in the first six months of 2008, that means that Apple has manufactured more than 8 million iPhones this year.
Note this please. We want to say that it is 8 million iPhones manufactured, not necessarily sold.
Still, this means Apple is on track to build the 10 million iPhones it' said several times it would sell by the end of this year.
Just watching the first weekend sales, and the continued frenzy over the iPhone (though perhaps not in Europe, and despite continuing iPhone 3G issues), it seems obvious Apple should achieve this goal well in advance of the end of the year.
Watch the video with this story, from 2007 Macworld, where Jobs made that statement.
Reported by Tech Ex