Apple has sold 1 million new iPhones in its initial weekend, on par with estimates set by analysts, sending its stock rising more than 2 percent.
The original iPhone, introduced in late June 2007 in the United States only, sold about 270,000 units in its first two days. Sales topped 1 million by early September. The new device sells in 21 countries…to start.
“IPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a statement. “It took 74 days to sell the first 1 million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world…”
“We don’t yet know the breakdown of how many phones were sold to new customers and how many existing iPhone customers upgraded, but regardless, sales during the first weekend were very impressive,” said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecommunications analyst, in a note.
I find the critter interesting as a mobile platform – more so than as a smart phone. I don’t travel on business anymore; so, I don’t plan on getting one. Yet.
My wife may surprise me one of these days, though – and show up with one for herself. Working in banking IT, she could use something with expanded capabilities.
Reflecting that broad range, the new iPhone App Store downloaded 10 million apps over the first weekend.