Apple Sells One Million 3G iPhones in One Weekend
Last Friday's global launch of the 3G iPhone was plagued with problems but, the demand for Apple's latest products far outweighed the technical glitches and hiccups experienced by many customers.
In just 72 hours, Apple sold more than 1 million iPhones and had more than 10 million iPhone apps downloaded from its App Store on iTunes.
That's a blockbuster sales weekend for Steve Jobs & co. with very few signs of a slowdown. At this rate, iPhone ubiquity is almost a foregone conclusion.
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Despite a few hiccups and stores running out of inventory, Apple was able to sell one million 3G iPhones worldwide across 21 countries its first three days on sale. During that same time, owners of both the new and old iPhone were able to download 10 million apps from the newly launched App Store on iTunes, despite a few hiccups with the iPhone 2.0 software update disabling many people’s phones temporarily on Friday.
That brings the total number of iPhones sold since the launch of the first generation phone to more than 7 million. Apple’s goal of reaching 10 million iPhones sold by the end of the year seems well within reach. In contrast, it took the first iPhone 74 days to reach one million sales, but it wasn’t sold in 21 countries. Apple watchers will be looking for clues about what portion of sales are in the U.S., versus in international markets.