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  • 1.7 Million iPhone 4s Sold During Launch Weekend


    Apple announced today that 1,700,000 iPhone 4s were sold in the first three days, with Steve Jobs calling it "the most successful product launch in Apple's history." Alluding to persistent supply and ordering issues, Jobs added that "we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply." Apple, which usually doesn't give out sales figures, did not break the 1.7 million down by model or country of purchase, or specify whether the total included all iPhones ordered or just the ones that were actually delivered.

    With months of hype building up to the release, most of the iPhones purchased this weekend had to be pre-ordered from Apple or AT&T online or at Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart stores. AT&T begins selling iPhone 4s tomorrow at their retail stores, with long lines again expected. The iPhone 4 is also available in the UK, France, Germany and Japan and will go on sale in 18 countries more countries over the next month: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The phone will be available in a total of 87 countries by the end of September.

    The sales results surprised even the most optimistic industry analysts. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who is known for generally overestimating Apple sales potential, said on Friday that he thought first weekend sales would total between 1 to 1.5 million. Munster's team surveyed six hundred iPhone buyers in San Francisco last week, and found that three-quarters of them were upgrading from an older iPhone.

    When the first iPhone went on sale in 2007, it took 72 days to sell a million at the original $599 price. Last year, Apple sold a million iPhone 3GSes in the first three days. It took 28 days to sell a million iPads, but over 3 million of them have sold to date.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 1.7 Million iPhone 4s Sold During Launch Weekend started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. Abe11377's Avatar
      Abe11377 -
      Nice I pick two my self
    1. oboeplayer23's Avatar
      oboeplayer23 -
      wtf is up with the ads
    1. capttanhowdy's Avatar
      capttanhowdy -
      I have 2 but can't use them yet until my Heros unlock them
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      that's awesome... if the white iphone sells another 2 million then hopefully sprint is compelled to push faster updates on the evo.
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Nice job Apple!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Those are pretty impressive numbers.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      That's alot of phones
    1. gotmikes23's Avatar
      gotmikes23 -
      Apple Did Numbers!!! I Added To that 1.7 Million With My One lol
    1. TranceField's Avatar
      TranceField -
      Those are awesome numbers, I bet if they had 3 million in stock, they would sell out of all 3 million during those three days.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Good....now let's see the number that really counts. How many of those 1.7 mil are defective or problematic or don't require the use of a "bumper" to maintain decent signal strength.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Compare that to 250-300K HTC Evo's sold on launch. iPhone WIN
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      Compare that to 250-300K HTC Evo's sold on launch. iPhone WIN
      The screen on the evos r big but who cares i got 2 iPhone 4's on launch on pre-order line 4 hour wait, couldn't be happier.

      Honestly the smile my parents get when they video call my family around the states, I mean sure web cams have been around for a LONG time, but facetime uh huh yea I need a towel. (ps with 3g restrictor I will need 2 towels)

      I have no life?!?
    1. the sr5's Avatar
      the sr5 -
      unbelievable!!! I knew it was going to break the 1m mark but this doesnt even account for the ATT store sales that are going to be happening tomorrow and Wednesday!
    1. GranDaddyPurp's Avatar
      GranDaddyPurp -
      wow those are some amazing numbers compared to the other numbers. I guess people really wanted the iPhone 4..including me lol
    1. Lefty-44's Avatar
      Lefty-44 -
      Still waiting on the white one...any word when they will be available for sale yet? I know Best Buy did a "goof" and accepted pre-sales on whites, just wondering when APPLE or AT&T will have them available.
    1. DomicanXxX's Avatar
      DomicanXxX -
      Amazing Numbers!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The only thing holding them back from larger numbers was their supply. Hopefully they will learn from this and ramp up their production earlier next year for the iPhone V.
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      I'm supposed to be receiving one but I need an UNLOCK please!!!!!!!
    1. Patato22's Avatar
      Patato22 -
      That what I'm talking about iPhone rocks
    1. VBLUE42's Avatar
      VBLUE42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Good....now let's see the number that really counts. How many of those 1.7 mil are defective or problematic or don't require the use of a "bumper" to maintain decent signal strength.
      I don't have the problem and I have no bumper. The reception issue is a non issue for people that don't whine and constantly try to find a problem where one doesn't really exists. Don't hold the phone like your trying to squeeze the life out of it and you wont have the problem.