iPhone 4S sales go over four million units in first three days

Apple's iPhone 4S is an official sales hit. The company announced today that the latest version of its smartphone has already sold over four million units since it went on sale at brick and mortar retail stores on Friday. Apple claims that those sales number are not only double the amount for the iPhone 4 launch but the biggest sales launch ever for a phone, period. Last week Apple announced it had sold over one million iPhone 4S units in pre-orders on its official web site.

In addition to the massive first weekend sales of the iPhone 4S, Apple said that the launch of the iOS 5 operating system on Wednesday has already resulted in 25 million people now using the new version for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Finally, the iCloud service has generated over 20 million registered users since launching on Wednesday.

Keep in mind that all of these sales come from just a few countries at the moment: the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. Apple will likely see yet another sales spike on October 28 when the iPhone 4S goes on sale in a number of other countries. They include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Apple will likely reveal even more information about its iPhone 4S launch on Tuesday when it announces its financial results from its third quarter 2011 time period.

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brent3000 said,
If Apple make it... They will buy it...

EXACTLY!!! Apple the inventors of all tehnology. How stupid we have been not to understand that Apple invented mp3 players, smart phones, touch screen phones, tablet pc's ect.

What I want to know is this. When Apple released the iPhone 4, they sold 1.7M on pre-order. However, 77% of them were upgraders.

So out of the 4M that bought the device so far, how many of them were upgraders? I am sure more than 1/2 were. The only new subscribers they got the most of was with Sprint. Verzion reported earlier tsi year that even after getting the iPhone 4, the HTC Thunderbolt still had higher sells numbers. I am sure many VZW customers wre waiting and hoping for an iphone 5 that didnt happen. Wonder if they decided to go get the iPhone 4 anyways?

TechieXP said,
What I want to know is this. When Apple released the iPhone 4, they sold 1.7M on pre-order. However, 77% of them were upgraders.

So out of the 4M that bought the device so far, how many of them were upgraders? I am sure more than 1/2 were. The only new subscribers they got the most of was with Sprint. Verzion reported earlier tsi year that even after getting the iPhone 4, the HTC Thunderbolt still had higher sells numbers. I am sure many VZW customers wre waiting and hoping for an iphone 5 that didnt happen. Wonder if they decided to go get the iPhone 4 anyways?

Guess what, when some one buys the next android, they probably upgrading!!! I think you will still be counting them as sales. Funny how that works

Xilo said,
So many sheep... Just goes to show how people will eat anything up.

If Android has a greater market share, does that make people who buy Android more of a sheep?

DomZ said,

If Android has a greater market share, does that make people who buy Android more of a sheep?

different manufacturers means different phones with different features even though they have the same base operating system. android phones also have a much wider price range compared to iphones. also, you're not likely to ever see sales like this for an android device in the near future, so no.

DomZ said,

If Android has a greater market share, does that make people who buy Android more of a sheep?

Buying a variety of different hardware... hmm yes that sounds like sheep to me. Ive noticed something about Apple users, they buy every single tech product Apples makes just for the logo. That is sheep.

To all of you who pretend you didnt buy an iphone and will continue to buy Apple only tech products now until the end of your life just to be cool, you are full of it. The SGS2 has had the specs of the 4s for months now. It is a lighter thinner phone, with a larger screen for easier input, but you instead got an iPhone why? Ill tell you why.. So you can have the little Apple logo on the back of your phone so people can see you being cool. We can fix this problem with selective breeding programs for high IQ individuals only.

Is it impossible to think that some people do prefer iOS over Android? That some people have invested alot on the iTune Store, music, movies and Apps and do prefer to go on with Apple instead of moving everything to Android?

It's NOT just about the spec, it's about the OS and the stuff you've already bought.

I love Apple hardware, I just don't like the software much. Don't know why but maybe that's why I don't keep iPhones. I bought almost all of them and always return them.

So just as much as I can not like a device because of the OS so can other people (in regards to not liking Android). I prefer Android more than iOS, not so much so that the hardware is better/worse. So I got the SGS2 because it's one of the phones that run Android that had killer hardware as well.

Iridium said,
To all of you who pretend you didnt buy an iphone and will continue to buy Apple only tech products now until the end of your life just to be cool, you are full of it. The SGS2 has had the specs of the 4s for months now. It is a lighter thinner phone, with a larger screen for easier input, but you instead got an iPhone why? Ill tell you why.. So you can have the little Apple logo on the back of your phone so people can see you being cool. We can fix this problem with selective breeding programs for high IQ individuals only.

I don't understand the Apple hate. This isn't the 1990s Apple vs. Microsoft game.

People choose iPhones because of the experience. The ease of use. How nicely everything flows and works together.

No force-closes, no task killers, no anti-virus. iOS is the reason to choose Apple. Besides providing a superior experience for the average user, gamers get the biggest selection of software, and professional users simply get more functionality than what Android can provide.

One big advantage: VPN. iOS supports Cisco IPSec out of the box. How's that working on Android? I'd like know, honestly (I have *three* Android devices, so it's not like I don't know how the platform is). In the professional world, iOS has no match (not even BlackBerry can compete). Cisco AnyConnect also works great on iOS. I know AnyConnect is available on Android, but that requires most devices to be rooted, which isn't a supported configuration by some companies and media providers (doesn't Google block the movie rentals on hacked/rooted devices?).

Also - a lot of people have the Apple logo covered on their phone! I'd rather keep my phone protected in a case. I don't care what other people think I have. I just care that I have the best tool for the job. And right now, in 2011, as it was in 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007 - the best tool is the iPhone. It gives me the functionality, performance, stability, features, and ease of use that you cannot find anywhere else.

Well said man. Same way I think. Even with me getting applecare+ and not buying a Otterbox Defender (ran the ****er over 4 times with my 3gs inside, not 1 scratch to the 3gs), I still ended up covering the logo because I got a commuter which keeps the form and shape on the case. Not only that, but I don't care if people know what I have, actually I would prefer people didn't know because, this is the reason Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod is free now. So many apple devices running around that people are looking for that apple logo, so op of this post, that is NOT the reason people want it, no one wants to show that logo off anymore.

People want it because IT JUST WORKS. Get that?

sorry xenomorph, I can't hear you over the sound of flash applets running in the browser on my android phone, nor over the widgets on my multiple home screens that allow me to do almost all "everyday" tasks without having to look through a list of apps to get it started.

Slayer said,
sorry xenomorph, I can't hear you over the sound of flash applets running in the browser on my android phone, nor over the widgets on my multiple home screens that allow me to do almost all "everyday" tasks without having to look through a list of apps to get it started.

hahaha, sounds like a mess to me . Do your android phone keep up with the flash pages? My Android devices goes on UNUSABLE mode when i open a page with flash. I don´t have a S2. i think it should work fine in a 1.2ghz dualcore though.

iguanas said,

hahaha, sounds like a mess to me . Do your android phone keep up with the flash pages? My Android devices goes on UNUSABLE mode when i open a page with flash. I don´t have a S2. i think it should work fine in a 1.2ghz dualcore though.

the ones I need it to, yes, like youtube in a browser, which offers the same videos as using it on a desktop, or any game that doesn't require consistent actions. don't expect a low-power, ultra-mobile cpu to run anything made for current desktops.

either way, the problem is that everyone keeps arguing over something that's down to everyone's own preferences as opposed to examining facts. I hate apple because their advertising is ridiculous and directly insults my intelligence by assuming that I am a retard and can't tell that they're using buzzwords and "looks" to try to convince me to pay ridiculous amounts of money for what are considerably inferior (opinion) products to the ones available.

how do people not realize that ever since the ipod, apple introduces upgrades featuring technology that has been out for a long time? "oh look this new ipod has a colour screen I want one even though I already have an ipod that works perfectly fine." I could go on and on but there's no need, anyone with a half-working brain can see what I'm talking about. you could call it "genius" marketing I suppose, but at the end of the day, I'm not someone that's comfortable swindling people out of large amounts of their hard-earned money for something I know I could make 2-3 times better or at least charge much less for. there's a reason they're the most PROFITABLE company in the world, so anyone that cares that steve jobs died or thinks he's anything more than a lying scumbag, deserves to have their money stolen year after year. think about it.

iguanas said,

hahaha, sounds like a mess to me . Do your android phone keep up with the flash pages? My Android devices goes on UNUSABLE mode when i open a page with flash. I don´t have a S2. i think it should work fine in a 1.2ghz dualcore though.

the ones I need it to, yes, like youtube in a browser, which offers the same videos as using it on a desktop, or any game that doesn't require consistent actions. don't expect a low-power, ultra-mobile cpu to run anything made for current desktops.

either way, the problem is that everyone keeps arguing over something that's down to everyone's own preferences as opposed to examining facts. I hate apple because their advertising is ridiculous and directly insults my intelligence by assuming that I am a retard and can't tell that they're using buzzwords and "looks" to try to convince me to pay ridiculous amounts of money for what are considerably inferior (opinion) products to the ones available.

how do people not realize that ever since the ipod, apple introduces "updates" featuring technology that has been out for a long time? "oh look this new ipod has a colour screen I want one even though I already have an ipod that works perfectly fine." I could go on and on but there's no need, anyone with a half-working brain can see what I'm talking about. you could call it "genius" marketing, I suppose, but at the end of the day, I'm not someone that's comfortable of swindling people out of large amounts of their hard-earned money for something I know I could make 2-3 times better or at least charge much less for. there's a reason they're the most PROFITABLE company in the world, so anyone that cares that steve jobs died or thinks he's anything more than a lying scumbag, deserves to have their money stolen year after year. think about it.

Slayer said,
sorry xenomorph, I can't hear you over the sound of flash applets running in the browser on my android phone, nor over the widgets on my multiple home screens that allow me to do almost all "everyday" tasks without having to look through a list of apps to get it started.

So your phone makes a loud noise when the battery is being drained?

Got it, thanks.

omgben said,

So your phone makes a loud noise when the battery is being drained?

Got it, thanks.

no man, it plays youtube songs that you can't listen to on iphones really loudly. it also plays music from one of my home screens really loudly. learn how to read.

I can't kick a dog that's not down. And I'm only willing to kick the Microsoft Advertising Team at the moment. Enjoy your success Apple. Try not to be too smug about it, after all it's not the products we haters hate, know what I mean?

Gaffney said,
What incentive is there for iPhone 4 owners to upgrade ? I can't see any realistic reasons.

There are reasons... good reason is a matter of personal opinion:

* Siri is 4S only. I doubt this will ever be officially back ported to old hardware. For example, Front Row was never back ported to old Mac hardware once it was released.
* 8MP rear camera
* Apps are slightly faster
* Some of the more high-end games will take advantage of the better hardware

Not enough for me either. If there were a 4G antenna I might have been more tempted to upgrade from 4.

Shadrack said,

There are reasons... good reason is a matter of personal opinion:

* Siri is 4S only. I doubt this will ever be officially back ported to old hardware. For example, Front Row was never back ported to old Mac hardware once it was released.
* 8MP rear camera
* Apps are slightly faster
* Some of the more high-end games will take advantage of the better hardware

Not enough for me either. If there were a 4G antenna I might have been more tempted to upgrade from 4.

meh.. those things are not worth the few hundred bucks to cancel a contract and get a new phone

Rudy said,
Getting my 2 iPhone 4S today (it was supposed to be friday but my provider sucks big time!!)

You're a developer, don't you get priority access to new iOS devices via Apple/your carrier?
(mind you: not free, but prioritized)

GS:mac

4 million people where on the end of their contract at the same time? I know there is new iPhone user in that but still....

I'm on a 3 year contrat with Telus on my Samsung android 2.1 phone and I still have 2 more years to go... Can't change now....

I signed a two-year contract with AT&T in June of last year for an iPhone 4. I was eligible for the upgrade to the 4S now, despite it being less than a year and a half. I don't understand it, but I'm not questioning it either

For the iPhone 4 AT&T pushed people's upgrade times up to the release. It looks like they did the same for the 4S. I think they do this so that people stick with AT&T and aren't tempted by Sprint/Verizon.

I'm on AT&T now, but plan to switch to Sprint for family reasons. So I have to wait out my contract until next June.

n3verm0re said,
I signed a two-year contract with AT&T in June of last year for an iPhone 4. I was eligible for the upgrade to the 4S now, despite it being less than a year and a half. I don't understand it, but I'm not questioning it either

If your MRC (Monthly Reoccurring Charges) for a single line is over $99 before taxes (for a minimum of 3 months before upgrading, if not your entire contract), AT&T will let you upgrade every 12 months. Example $60 900 Minute Plan, $30 Data, $20 Texting = $110. Which would give you a 12 month upgrade, you can also hit this being a primary line on a family plan. Standard upgrade is 20 months.

- Dan

TruckWEB said,
4 million people where on the end of their contract at the same time? I know there is new iPhone user in that but still....

I'm on a 3 year contrat with Telus on my Samsung android 2.1 phone and I still have 2 more years to go... Can't change now....

A 3 year contract?? Thats crazy! Thankfully in the UK, 3 Year contracts are illegal.

Shadrack said,
For the iPhone 4 AT&T pushed people's upgrade times up to the release. It looks like they did the same for the 4S. I think they do this so that people stick with AT&T and aren't tempted by Sprint/Verizon.

I'm on AT&T now, but plan to switch to Sprint for family reasons. So I have to wait out my contract until next June.

Upgrade dates were not touched for this launch.

TruckWEB said,
4 million people where on the end of their contract at the same time? I know there is new iPhone user in that but still....

I'm on a 3 year contrat with Telus on my Samsung android 2.1 phone and I still have 2 more years to go... Can't change now....

What do you mean "at the same time"? Once a contract ends, it goes to month-to-month.

Additionally, even though people sign a "2 year contract" most carriers will let you upgrade before it is over. I have 6 months left on my contract and my carrier is willing to let me out if I sign a new 2 year contract.

DanMc85 said,

Upgrade dates were not touched for this launch.

Ahh, I see. Good info, I didn't know how AT&T calculated their phone upgrades. That probably means that I'm not eligible anyway because my plan costs $70/mo (450mins, 1000 txts, 250MB). Doesn't matter, I'm not upgrading to this one anyway...

acnpt said,

illegal?

Yea we don't tend to get ripped off as much.

Unfortunately in recent years the trend has been towards 18 and 24 month contracts. Last time I had a contract (5 years ago) most were 12 and 18 month.

Hoyl crap - that's a lot of cash Apple is banking!

Can't say I was one of the lucky new owners, got my SGS2 and quite happy but man that's what I call a launch!

ScubaDog said,
All I can ask is "Why?" This makes absolutely no sense.

Because the iPhone 4S is actually a good phone and iOS 5 a great software platform.

ScubaDog said,
All I can ask is "Why?" This makes absolutely no sense.

It makes statistical sense if you look at launch sales of previous iPhones... Why does it not make sense to you? Do you just not want it to make sense?

.Neo said,

Because the iPhone 4S is actually a good phone and iOS 5 a great software platform.

And a lot of contracts ending and the phone is available on new providers. Dont think iOS 5 has as much to do with it since you can upgrade older iPhones to iOS 5.

If I had to guess, people are upgrading because they want the latest, contracts are ending, or people are upgrading their 3g to the 4s. I would like to see who is upgrading for what reason. I am sure a survey will come out sometime.

techbeck said,

And a lot of contracts ending and the phone is available on new providers. Dont think iOS 5 has as much to do with it since you can upgrade older iPhones to iOS 5.


My point is that if the iPhone would run poor software it would never be a hit like this.

techbeck said,

And a lot of contracts ending and the phone is available on new providers. Dont think iOS 5 has as much to do with it since you can upgrade older iPhones to iOS 5.


My point is that if the iPhone would run poor software it would never be a hit like this.

Shadrack said,

It makes statistical sense if you look at launch sales of previous iPhones... Why does it not make sense to you? Do you just not want it to make sense?

These sales figures are basically previous iPhone users. Not many new users are switching. I like long term sales figures.

jesseinsf said,

These sales figures are basically previous iPhone users. Not many new users are switching. I like long term sales figures.

This is not just the USA so 4 million is not a lot.

jesseinsf said,
This is not just the USA so 4 million is not a lot.
It wasn't just the USA when the iPhone 4 was launched either, and yet Apple has managed to shatter that record with the 4S.

.Neo said,

My point is that if the iPhone would run poor software it would never be a hit like this.

Kind of not so true... When the iPhone launched, and even the next version with the full marketplace, Apps were far behind basic Applications on Windows Mobile of the time, and it was not a touch friendly design, trying to keep the Windows desktop theme.

Even now, show me an iPhone4s or and iPad2 with Dual-Core, and I can show you a similar applications on WP7 that are 10 to 100 times faster doing the same things. Look at Numbers compared to Mobile Excel, opening a 20mb Excel Spreadsheet is nearly instant and fast to navigate. Open a 500kb spreadsheet in numbers, and you have time to make coffee, read the paper, and then scrolling around the spreadsheet you can write emails waiting for it to catch up.

There is a lot of 'innovative' software on the iPhone, but as a platform for Application features and as OS technology for performance it hasn't caught up to what came before the original iPhone.

The iPad can't even come close to completing with an Iconia W500 tablet, that is running full Windows 7 and can even run WoW.

I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and was impressed with the changes. It feels like a "new" phone to me because I upgraded from a black iPhone 4, to a white iPhone 4S.

Xeon said,
I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and was impressed with the changes. It feels like a "new" phone to me because I upgraded from a black iPhone 4, to a white iPhone 4S.

Double face palm.

Xeon said,
I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and was impressed with the changes. It feels like a "new" phone to me because I upgraded from a black iPhone 4, to a white iPhone 4S.

Just wondering why people say that they just "love" their iPhone yet can't wait to get rid of it for a new one.

Xeon said,
I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and was impressed with the changes. It feels like a "new" phone to me because I upgraded from a black iPhone 4, to a white iPhone 4S.

What does black/white have to do with it?

If I was upgrading to a different phone, it would feel like a different phone because it is new. Color is the least of my opinions when it comes to a new device.

PeterTHX said,

Just wondering why people say that they just "love" their iPhone yet can't wait to get rid of it for a new one.


Getting another iPhone is not the same as switching to a different platform. It's relatively the same experienced, but improved.

PeterTHX said,

Just wondering why people say that they just "love" their iPhone yet can't wait to get rid of it for a new one.

It is a phenomeno

nohone said,

It is a phenomenon with many apple fans. When a new Apple product is released, the fans immediately start talking about how much they get when they sell their devices. They will talk about how long the devices last, but if they sell them so quickly, how do they know they last so long? I have asked why, if the devices are so great, why they are so eager to get rid of them, but never get a real answer.

Sorry if there was an incomplete post, but I think I just found yet another iOS 5 bug with an iPad (an iPad 1 which I see no need to upgrade) and is not being very cooperative when trying to edit posts

Xeon said,
I upgraded from an iPhone 4 and was impressed with the changes. It feels like a "new" phone to me because I upgraded from a black iPhone 4, to a white iPhone 4S.

Atleast you got the money to buy it. I'd rather just wait for the iPhone 5 instead, if you have the iPhone 4. Its a shame Apple fans don't know that Black and White iPhones are the same thing...

Quite impressive sales. I didn't expect it to sell this well even though I bought one myself.

I upgraded from a 3GS but I thought it wouldn't sell well as I didn't really see the appeal to people who already owned an iPhone 4.

Vice said,
Quite impressive sales. I didn't expect it to sell this well even though I bought one myself.

I upgraded from a 3GS but I thought it wouldn't sell well as I didn't really see the appeal to people who already owned an iPhone 4.


Most people who own an iPhone 4 are still waiting for their renewal option.
So it's mostly 3GS owners who upgrade of 4 owners who sell theirs.

I wouldn't sell my 4, I keep all my tech gear.
Some day I have my personal geek museum

GS:mac