iPhone Breaks More Sales Records
June 23, 2009 at 11:14 AM (PT)
APPLE reports that it has sold over 1 million iPHONE 3G S smartphones in its first three days on the market. What's more, six million people have downloaded the new iPHONE OS 3.0 update in the five days since its release.
The one million figure exceeds many analyst expectations, which is surprising in that APPLE always seems to exceed analyst expectations. In this case, PIPER JAFFRAY's GENE MUNSTER predicted that 500,000 3G S phones would sell in the first weekend. According to CNETNEWS, "The original iPHONE sold about 270,000 units over its first weekend in JUNE 2007, while the iPHONE 3G sold around 1 million when it launched in JULY 2008. (And while APPLE sold the iPHONE 3G in 21 countries in its first day last year, the 3G S was available in only eight countries at launch.)
"Customers are voting and the iPHONE is winning," recovering CEO STEVE JOBS said in a statement. "With over 50,000 applications available from APPLE's revolutionary App Store, iPHONE momentum is stronger than ever."
Recent reports say the APPLE CEO received a liver transplant two months ago. JOBS, who was reported to have had a liver transplant recently, is expected to return to APPLE later this month, but likely in a part-time role until he returns to full strength.