Apple has released the official numbers for last week’s iPhone 4 sales.
In the first three days from the launch day of Thursday, the iPhone 4 sold some 1.7 million units. That outstrips analyst estimates, such as Piper Jaffray who guessed that the figure would be between 1 and 1.5 million.
And it’s a very impressive initial showing for the Cupertino based company’s new smartphone.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” commented Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
Stock shortages still abound, and the fourth-gen smartphone certainly blew past the iPad in terms of volume shifting. Apple’s tablet took two months to move two million units, which was still more than respectable, yet the iPhone 4 has got close to this figure in just a few days.
Of course, how many of the multitude of punters are happy with their new purchase, given the much talked about antenna and reception problem, is another question. We’re still waiting to hear official confirmation that there will be a software fix for this issue, which some sources have suggested will happen imminently.