Apple says iPhone 4S shifted 4 million over weekend

Apple's new smartphone hits the top end of analyst estimates for opening weekend sales
Darren Allan

October 17, 2011
iPhone 4S

The official figures for the opening sales of the new iPhone 4S are in.

And just three days after its launch, over the opening weekend, the new smartphone has apparently shifted a massive 4 million units.

Analyst estimates this morning generally ranged from the 2 to 3 million range, with only the more optimistic calling 4 million. Although it turns out that the optimists were realists in this case.

Philip Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, noted that this figure was double what the iPhone 4 managed to sell in its opening weekend.

He said: “iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend – the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days.”

“iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

Over 25 million Apple customers are now using iOS 5, and the firm also says that 20 million have signed up for iCloud.

And of course the iPhone 4S has yet to be launched in many locations. It’s currently available in the major markets, the US and UK, along with Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Japan.

By the end of this month, it will be in 22 further countries – the rest of Europe, pretty much – and come the close of 2011 the iPhone 4S will be out in 70 countries across the globe.

If these early sales are anything to go by, Apple is going to have a bumper set of fiscal results for this quarter with the 4S – yet again.


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