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Apple said it’s sold more than 1 million of its new 3GS iPhones in the first three days since they went on sale.
On Friday, Apple and its exclusive wireless partner AT&T began to sell the iPhone 3GS, a faster third-generation device with improved software and features. The company also said six million customers had downloaded its iPhone 3.0 software since the update was released on June 17.
Apple first announced the 3GS iPhone at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month. Analysts had expected between 500,000 and 700,000 units of the device would sell on its debut weekend.
“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a prepared statement…
The new iPhone has twice as much memory as earlier versions for the same price. The 16GB model sells for $199 and a 32GB version sells for $299.
Apple also cut the price on the second-generation iPhone to as low as $99 for an 8GB model. The latest figures released by Apple do not include sales of older iPhone models.
This is also a positive comment on consumers who feel we’re on the way out of the recession. If things were as negative as several months ago, the original guesstimates of 500-700K units in sales would have been an appropriate target.
The chuckle for me over the weekend was the pundit brigade who kept predicting diminished sales for the 3GS vs. previous iterations because crowds and waiting lines were smaller at Apple stores. They didn’t comprehend that everyone learned previously that  Apple was going to have an adequate supply in their stores and  you could walk in several hours after opening and get exactly what you wanted – without waiting.