Apple confirms 1.7 million iPhone 4 sales

Apple said on Monday that it had sold 1.7 million iPhone 4 devices from Thursday June 24 to Saturday June 26.

The figures were revealed in an official press release from Apple. “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.”

Apple's iPhone 4 hit 600,000 pre-orders before the device was widely available on June 24. Despite sales of the new device, many have reported signal issues. It's widely expected that Apple will issue a software fix to resolve some of the issues this week.

The iPhone 4 initial sales are very impressive, the 3GS sold 1 million units in its first weekend when it was launched last year.

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So he apologizes that he couldn't sell to more customers...that's more of an apology to stockholders rather than customers in all reality.

But when it comes to something he should apologize and try to make amends for, he just says "don't hold it like that."

Even though all Apple sales figures are suspect (there is NEVER a third party audit/accounting of them), these are the kind of sales figures a REAL successful consumer product release has. These are the kinds of numbers Sony, Nokia, RIM, Microsoft, GE, etc. see with their lines every day.

Unlike say...the iPad...which took two months and international sales to do what the iPhone does in 2 days. But will any news outlet pick up on the disparity? On the fact that they let Apple PR spin the ****-poor sales performance of the iPad into a "win" without question?

I doubt it.

excalpius said,
Even though all Apple sales figures are suspect (there is NEVER a third party audit/accounting of them), these are the kind of sales figures a REAL successful consumer product release has. These are the kinds of numbers Sony, Nokia, RIM, Microsoft, GE, etc. see with their lines every day.

Unlike say...the iPad...which took two months and international sales to do what the iPhone does in 2 days. But will any news outlet pick up on the disparity? On the fact that they let Apple PR spin the ****-poor sales performance of the iPad into a "win" without question?

I doubt it.

The iPad is on revision 1. The iPhone is on revision 4. Also according to the following article (and Steve) the iPad has been more successfull than the original iPhone:

'One million iPads in 28 days - that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,' said CEO Steve Jobs.

Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter...st-as-iphone/#ixzz0sAwNv0DS

DomZ said,

The iPad is on revision 1. The iPhone is on revision 4. Also according to the following article (and Steve) the iPad has been more successfull than the original iPhone:

'One million iPads in 28 days - that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone,' said CEO Steve Jobs.

A) You're quoting a single source source with an obvious agenda. No outside firm of any kind has confirmed anything regarding the iPad.

B) The iPhone v1 was an entirely new product and was revolutionary in many ways. The iPad is really just a fifth (or sixth?) generation iPod (or more accurately a third/fourth generation iPod Touch).

So using your/Steve's own approach, the iPad is quite a poor performer as the latest generation iPod.

I think Apple needs to expand it's manufacturing operations. You still can't walk into most Apple stores and pick up an iPad in the UK (I'm on a priority list for one), we're going to be waiting at least 3 weeks before we get more iPhones and god knows when the white will be here.

without further after fixing the antenna issues,number of increasing is definitely no surprise.

If apple can in future update thourgh ios 4.X.X with new 4G capabilities by didn't have to launch new Iphone hardware to support will eventually a breakthrough for existing Iphone 4.

Gradually the most valueable iphone ever.

Nice numbers for Apple - unless they can't fix the dropped call issue.

I'm not an Apple person, but damn they churn out the "must have" stuff and make a killing doing it.

ahhell said,
Hurray for Apple's "official" sales figures.

Steve wouldn't mislead us, right?

When they next record breaking quarterly Apple profits are announced lets hope you comment on the article. The figures are not misleading, as will be proved in the officially accounting reports

ahhell said,
What does quarterly profit have to do with this article? Oh right, absolutely nothing.

Wow..you fail at comprehension. You think that 1.7 million iPhone sales will mean "absolutely nothing" to quarterly profit reports? Wow, please don't ever manage a business.

Guess what? iPhone 5 advertisment video: Now with uninterrupted by antenna signal feature!

That's Apple, always smart, always bringing something "new".

LoveGod said,
Guess what? iPhone 5 advertisment video: Now with uninterrupted by antenna signal feature!

That's Apple, always smart, always bringing something "new".

Only because they'll have done the "revolutionary" thing of putting the antenna INSIDE the phone!!

while i am impressed with the number of units apple has sold, i wonder how many people will find out the hard way that the phone has reception issues. hopefully they can issue the fix, as it appears it's an OS4 issue?? (since they loaded the os4 on a jailbroke 3gs phone, and it did the exact same thing, same reception probs)

I call BS on those numbers. 1700000-600000=1100000

There are 222 Apple Stores and as we all know Apple Stores got all the stock. So 1100000/222=4954

So 4954 phones per store!?!?! No way in hell. It takes a good 15mins per sale. The Apple store in my city is open 11 hours per day. So if you do the math that would mean they sold 150 phones per hour or 2.5 phones per minute for three days strait. This is total BS.

ermax said,
I call BS on those numbers. 1700000-600000=1100000

There are 222 Apple Stores and as we all know Apple Stores got all the stock. So 1100000/222=4954

So 4954 phones per store!?!?! No way in hell. It takes a good 15mins per sale. The Apple store in my city is open 11 hours per day. So if you do the math that would mean they sold 150 phones per hour or 2.5 phones per minute for three days strait. This is total BS.

That's probably why the figures include units sold to big box stores like BestBuy, but not necessarily sold to end users yet.

ermax said,
I call BS on those numbers. 1700000-600000=1100000

There are 222 Apple Stores and as we all know Apple Stores got all the stock. So 1100000/222=4954

So 4954 phones per store!?!?! No way in hell. It takes a good 15mins per sale. The Apple store in my city is open 11 hours per day. So if you do the math that would mean they sold 150 phones per hour or 2.5 phones per minute for three days strait. This is total BS.

You are also not counting the AT&T stores

ermax said,
It takes a good 15mins per sale.
While you're also forgetting other stores like Best Buy and AT&T, the time it takes to sell the phone is also pretty variable. I was in and out in 5 minutes and so were most other people in the store I went to.

ermax said,
So 4954 phones per store!?!?!

Your forgetting that the iPhone doesn't just exist in America.

The iPhone 4 was released in 88 countries at the same time so those numbers are perfectly reasonable.

I am excluding preorders (600,000) which excludes ATT walkings. BestBuy (at least the 10 I called) didn't have any phones for walkings. RadioShack got VERY limited quantities. Not enough to skew the numbers that much. I called a ton of WalMarts and couldn't find a single one that got any phones. The only reasonable number that I am not counting is the other 4 countries (UK, Japan, France and Germany). My local Apple Store claimed they had 2000 phones and sold them the first day. So that is 3 phones per minute. I'm just not believing it. They also claimed to have had 500 people outside by 6AM. I think people have a hard time visualizing how long a line of 500 people really is. This is all a hype machine personally.

So why can't I buy one?? No one in the UK has got them now and they don't know when they are getting anymore in. On release day, they just didn't have enough to go round, what a surprise!
Even the Apple's web site states 3 weeks for delivery!!

You can't get one because they sold so well, which is what the article indicates. How is that confusing?

Also "no one in the UK has got them"? What are you talking about?

BIG DEAL
He included pre orders plus probebly the orders that carriers world wide made but I don't know if they r already in consumer hands

meshiga said,
BIG DEAL
He included pre orders plus probebly the orders that carriers world wide made but I don't know if they r already in consumer hands

This argument is getting old. If most stores and carriers are saying they are sold out, then they most likely are in the hands of customers. And pre-orders do count as sales.

winrez said,
Thats alot of dropped calls

I LOL'd. Between the massive antenna issues, and AT&T's horrid network, this means 1.7 million ****ed off customers (save a few thousand that actually believe SJ is the Messiah =P )

asdavis10 said,

I'm hoping you're being sarcastic. But this was to be expected.

When he wrote that comment, this post has only consisted of one sentence.
It was updated a few minutes later.