1.7 million iPhone 4s sold in 3 daysJune 28, 2010: 8:53 AM ET
Apple breaks another launch record with the iPhone 4
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 apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."
By comparison, it took Apple three days to sell 1 million units each of the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and the iPhone 3G in 2008, and 72 days to sell 1 million units of the original iPhone in 2007.
Commenting on the news in a note to clients, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster saw several "catalysts" ahead for Apple's fourth fiscal quarter, which began on Sunday:
- An estimated 200,000 iPhones pre-ordered after Apple pushed the delivery date past the end of the third quarter
- The launch of the white iPhone 4 in July
- The launch in 83 additional countries by the end of September
The iPhone 4, Munster writes, is "off to a very strong start."
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