It's hard to know which is more significant: Apple's (AAPL) announcement that it sold more than 1 million units of the new iPhone 3GS last weekend -- easily exceeding analysts' estimates -- or the fact that the news was accompanied by a quote from CEO Steve Jobs, his first since Apple's Jan. 21 quarterly earnings results.
"Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning," said Jobs. "With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever."
The same press release announced that six million copies of iPhone 3.0 were downloaded in the first five days after its release last Wednesday.
UPDATE: Make that 1 million. See below
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster issued a report early Monday that may draw some attention away from Steve Jobs' health and put it back on the bright and shiny object Apple (AAPL) released last Friday.
Munster and his team spent the day counting heads and conducting interviews with customers buying the new iPhone 3GS in New York City and Minneapolis. Among their findings:
750,000 iPhones. Munster estimates MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 22, 2009 6:02 AM ET
The new iPhone -- awkwardly named 3G S (since shortened to 3GS, no space) -- went on sale in New York at 7:00 a.m. EDT. This is my live blog of the event from the glass cube of Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Avenue store, posted in reverse order with the most recent items on top.
8:00 Inside the store, the processing of new customers seems to be proceeding in an orderly fashion. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 19, 2009 6:15 AM ET
More than 12 hours before Apple (AAPL) began selling the new iPhone in the United States, a team from RapidRepair had already picked up an iPhone 3GS in France and begun to tear it apart.
The Kalamazoo, Mich., electronics repair shop took advantage of the fact that a Parisian Orange Boutique was hosting a midnight (6 p.m. EDT) iPhone release event and flew CEO Aaron Vronko to the City of Lights MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 19, 2009 4:26 AM ET
Here are two postcards from the front lines of the smartphone wars.
The first, at right, shows three college students from Monclair, N.J. -- Matt Dodd, 18, Sam Epstein,18, and Keith Hobin, 19 -- huddled under borrowed umbrellas in front of Apple's (AAPL) flagship New York Fifth Avenue store to buy the latest in multitouch cellular technology.
They arrived at 7 a.m. EDT, 24 hours before Apple is scheduled to begin selling MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2009 3:14 PM ET
Will there be long lines outside Apple Stores Friday at 7 a.m. when the iPhone 3GS goes on sale?
Gene Munster thinks there will, although not as long as last year's.
Piper Jaffray's senior research analyst issued a report to clients Thursday in which he estimates that Apple (AAPL) will sell half a million units of the new iPhone this weekend.
That's half as many as Apple sold the weekend of July 11, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2009 7:31 AM ET
Apple (AAPL) isn't scheduled to release the iPhone 3.0 until Wednesday, but like a lot of Apple watchers, I've been living with the Gold Master version for the past week. (It's available on the Web if you know where to look.)
The new firmware is a significant improvement over the old, but not in the ways I had expected. Cut & paste -- the feature I'd lobbied for most heavily -- can be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2009 11:25 AM ET
When does it make sense to upgrade to the new iPhone 3GS that Apple (AAPL) unveiled Monday?
That depends when you bought your first one. (This assumes you already own an iPhone; if you're happy with your current phone, you can stop reading here.)
If you are one of the 270,000 customers who bought one of the original iPhones in June 2007, your two year contract with AT&T (T) is about to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 9, 2009 11:10 AM ET
For those who couldn't make it to San Francisco Monday -- or who couldn't get into the event (it sold out in record time) -- Apple (AAPL) has posted a 2-hour streaming video of the entire keynote. Click here to watch it.
If you want to learn more about the iPhone 3G S without watching the video, the same link offers a 13-minute guided tour that can be played on a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 8, 2009 9:52 PM ET
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