The pre-ordering madness was a good indication that iPhone 4 sales were going to be through the roof, but this may have even surpassed those expectations: Apple's latest handset has sold nearly two million copies through Saturday.
There were 600,000 pre-sales, meaning that an extra 1.1 million went out the doors before Sunday for the 1.7 million total. By comparison, the iPhone 3G sold one million in its first weekend two years ago, as did the 3GS last year.
The number is even more impressive given what a disaster the iPhone 4 pre-ordering process turned out to be, and doesn't include anyone - though that may turn out to be a small percentage - waiting on the white model to start shipping in mid-July. iPhone 4 is also available in only five countries currently; if the iPad's sales boost from broader international release is any indication, next month's addition of 18 additional nations will provide another boost.
iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million
CUPERTINO, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple's new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.
"This is the most successful product launch in Apple's history," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Even so, we apologise to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."
iPhone 4 also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD 720p video recording, Apple's A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time-in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system, which features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $US199 (US)* for the 16GB model and $US299 (US) for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T's retail and online stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 is also available in the UK, France, Germany and Japan and will be available in an additional 18 countries by the end of July-Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
*Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.