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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. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      i guess im going to ATT tomorrow morning lol
    1. slavipz's Avatar
      slavipz -
      Again I don't see Bulgaria in the list of countries that Iphone 4 will be available to... damn !
    1. iHarryDo's Avatar
      iHarryDo -
      Never thought that it would go that far
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      cant wait to get one hurry up white iphones lol i feel left out
    1. King Shady's Avatar
      King Shady -
      Unbelievably impressive numbers. Wow. Jaw-dropping for sure.
    1. laz305's Avatar
      laz305 -
      and 1.7 million of them should be returned due to the incompetent manufacturing of it and has reception issues unlike any previous iPhone. If it wasn't broken why did they try and fix it? They made matters worse by sticking the antenna on the outter rim of the phone where you have the ability to distort the reception at will. How can you make a phone that has to be held a curtain way in order to work?
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      i sorta miss my 3G S (i gave it to my son for his 4.0 GPA)
    1. ianblondeau's Avatar
      ianblondeau -
      I haven't had one single problem with my phone. I LOVE IT!! Pretty epic numbers there.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Congrats Apple.
    1. eortizr's Avatar
      eortizr -
      I just tried my friends i4 today... not impressed at all, the display is not that different, it does not feels natural in the hand.... and the speed is almost the same.. we did some test side by side,, like opening webpages, same apps, etc... nothing that much... the only neat feature is the facetime thingy.,, other than that... no thanks... I'll keep my 3gs until something else comes...
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      I am part of the 1.7 million... curious as to how many of that number are replacing previous iPhones, and how many are new to the iPhone? And, also, how many of those replaced older iPhones are now going to be new iPhone accounts on ATT?

      btw, I have had all four iPhones, and this one, imho, is the most revolutionary since the first one. If you cannot see the difference in the display, then you are probably happy with standard def tv too and can't see anything in HDTV. If you don't see any speed difference, then you aren't really doing anything but opening an app. The iPhone4 takes what the iPhone did to a whole new level.
    1. hacktarded1's Avatar
      hacktarded1 -
      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.
      Wow, it took all the way till the 10th post for someone to make this comment. I'm suprised by that :-)

      Quote Originally Posted by eortizr View Post
      I just tried my friends i4 today... not impressed at all, the display is not that different, it does not feels natural in the hand.... and the speed is almost the same.. we did some test side by side,, like opening webpages, same apps, etc... nothing that much... the only neat feature is the facetime thingy.,, other than that... no thanks... I'll keep my 3gs until something else comes...
      Hahahaha, says the 80 year old man that thinks there's not much of a difference between black and white TVs and color TVs. Seriously wtf?!?! The i4 display is insanely better than the 3GS!!!

      Ah, whatever, to each their own.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      all my friends that have it (and i dont yet) never had 1 problem with reception or anything else.....What gives? if its a problem it would be everyones phones correct? i cant wait to get mine. it does suck that people that want the white ones have to wait while everyone is blinging around the new black one
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      You ever notice that those people that "are not that impressed...," are always the last one to get theirs that's why they try to give ******** excuses why they don't need or want one. They end up with one anyway. That's how I was with the original in 07.
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      Ok, so now let's roll out the iPhones that work !!!!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      That is a helluvalot. Can't wait to get Internet tethering back though.
    1. alex1089's Avatar
      alex1089 -
      Quote Originally Posted by capttanhowdy View Post
      I have 2 but can't use them yet until my Heros unlock them
      same boat as you
    1. iJunkie68's Avatar
      iJunkie68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by eortizr View Post
      I just tried my friends i4 today... not impressed at all, the display is not that different, it does not feels natural in the hand.... and the speed is almost the same.. we did some test side by side,, like opening webpages, same apps, etc... nothing that much... the only neat feature is the facetime thingy.,, other than that... no thanks... I'll keep my 3gs until something else comes...
      I don't normally comment on these type of comments...but this has got to be the dumbest post I've read in quite some time...."display is not that different"? You have got to be kidding me....were you driving by his house and he held it out his bedroom window as you went by? Maybe it's all because it's "your friends" and not yours? Either way, you have your opinion, but atleast make an educated one...if you can honestly hold a 3GS beside a i4 and tell me the screen is not that different...maybe it's time for a trip to the local optometrist.
    1. mcmeechan84's Avatar
      mcmeechan84 -
      I've had 3 iPhones now, skipped the 3GS as I thought this iPhone would have much more upgrades!! I'm so glad I did cos I love my iPhone 4 and that's without a jailbreak so it'll get even better!! I can't understand ppl who try too claim that it's not that good and there's not much difference between the screens!! Maybe if they open there eyes while comparing they would be able to make a PROPER judgement!
    1. iJunkie68's Avatar
      iJunkie68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mcmeechan84 View Post
      I've had 3 iPhones now, skipped the 3GS as I thought this iPhone would have much more upgrades!! I'm so glad I did cos I love my iPhone 4 and that's without a jailbreak so it'll get even better!! I can't understand ppl who try too claim that it's not that good and there's not much difference between the screens!! Maybe if they open there eyes while comparing they would be able to make a PROPER judgement!
      Same here mcmeechan84, I also went from the 3G to the i4, and words don't begin to describe the difference in screen, performance, no more typing and waiting on it to actually type...I could type 3 words before the phone would even begin typing . Also, I've not had issues with the reception, yellow screen or any of the other issues that are floating around, guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I wasn't sure about the design, but the minute I put my hands on it out of the box, I was sold.