Apple Sells 1.7 Million New iPhones in Three Days
The new iPhone 4 has sold extremely well, according to Apple, with 1.7 million units moving in the first three days after the phone was launched on Thursday June 24.
"This is the most successful product launch in Apple's history," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement. "Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."
Besides delays in shipping and a classic Mac white version still on hold , the iPhone 4 has been hit with criticism for a number of technical difficulties. Bad reception caused by the Apple phone's antenna design as well as screen discolorations has plagued the rollout of the latest iPhone.
New iPhone 4 features that have apparently encouraged people to gobble up the product include FaceTime, a video chatting feature, and a new operating system that allows multitasking, or multiple programs to run simultaneously.
For a comparison, the last version of the iPhone, the 3GS, sold just over a million its first three days out last summer, about the same as 2008's iPhone 3G.
The new iPhone 4 is available in two versions, with the 16 gigabyte (GB) version retailing for about $200 and the 32GB for around $400. Both models come in black and white, although the white version is currently delayed.
Apple's comparatively expensive new tablet computer, the iPad , sold its two millionth unit within 60 days of its release.