Apple sells four million iPhone 4S in three days

Apple sells four million iPhone 4S in three days

Apple has announced that they have sold four million iPhone 4S handsets in the first three days of sales, doubling the sales figures of the iPhone 4 in the same period.

“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

In addition Apple has also announced that 25 million users have upgraded to iOS 5 and 20 million of them have signed up for iCloud as well.

Full press release below. Did you expect it to sell this well? Were you one of the 4 million who got an iPhone 4S this weekend? Or if you took a pass and thought it was going to be a flop, what are your thoughts now?

iPhone 4S First Weekend Sales Top Four Million

CUPERTINO, California—October 17, 2011— Apple® today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone® 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. iPhone 4S is available today in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

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Apple sells four million iPhone 4S in three days

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I am also glad that thee was no case design change. All of my accessories still fit and work. That's a larger investmant than the phone alone.
GREAT JOB APPLE

I was one of those millions who picked up the 4s. It's my first iPhone and I am enjoying it. The 4 was the first iPhone that visually appealed to me so I'm glad they didn't change the basic design. The only improvements I would like to see are a gorilla glass screen and an aluminum versus glass back. I'm rough on my phones!

4 million is great, and I plan to make it 4 million and one when I get home. However, I can't defend these numbers when they're comparing the first 3 days of sales in 2011 to 2010. They fail to mention or give credit to the fact that the phone was released on 3 carriers in the U.S. this year. 2010 also lacked the white iPhone 4 and how many people sat on the sidelines for 3 days waiting for it? That said, I doubt if Sprint and VZW made up the 2.3 million difference but the comparison isn't as direct as the press makes it.

Yeah, I could have done a better job of pointing that out. 2.7mil was a little "tongue in cheek" that didn't translate to text. I was really just trying to point out market availability. Globally, is it available to the exact same number of people? Wait till it's available in China, the have 970 million active cell phones. If it was available in China last Friday, and just one percent of those bought an iPhone, you'd have nearly 5 million in 3 days. Would the press mention that? I'd hope so but doing so would take a little luster of the shine of 5 million sold.

It was worth the upgrade from the 4, it's faster and I love talking to Siri. Even works in the car, I think it's running through the bluetooth. I think my phone calls the car, I see my number show up in the display and then Siri talks through the speakers and I reply in the car mic. It just works.

To put this into perspective: Google is activating 2M per day.
No reason to shame for iPhone though. Still respectable number

To add even more perspective:

  1. Apple is the world's #1 smartphone vendor in terms of units sold. Edged out Samsung last quarter.
  2. Apple takes 2/3 of all profits in the cell phone industry. The entire industry, not just in smartphones.

The various generic Android vendors are all trying to kill each other. Let's hope they do.

With carriers like Sprint guaranteeing sales, it is fair to ask the same question that always gets levied at other platforms:
...to end users, or to the channel?

Apple definitely has that good history, but it's a fair (if somewhat flamebait) question to ask, since Apple did not explicitly say to customers this time around.
In any case, I don't think anybody doubts that the 4S launch was a huge sales success.

Sorry, HTML fail...just closing the bold tag here in case Disquss does not correct my stupidity

Thanks Pap! I'm well aware of where those countries are. I'm also aware that iPhone 4 was a "global" launch that sold 1.7 million phones in its first 3 days and 4S is going gangbusters as well. I simply wanted to point out the fact that the U.S. iPhone market is not as isolated, or exclusively for AT&T, as it was in June of 2010. I didn't comment on the European and Asian markets because I didn't feel like researching who had what on launch day (because as typical American I'm also lazy, right?) My apologizes for merely alluding to the fact that VZW and Sprint couldn't sell 2.7 on their own. I do realize that global markets will probably make up 2/3 of the sales share. What I was really trying to get at is if they can't make a objective comparison, what's the point? Market availability is the key here. If they didn't mention that it's now available to 3/4 of the cellular customers in America giving sales a boost, who knows what they're not telling us about the over seas markets.
I think it's more typical of an American to just to blindly accept "facts" and regurgitate them as absolute truth. I'm exercising my right to think freely, objectively and question authority, even when the news is good. Maybe that makes me a cynic, but I'd rather be well informed and miserable than misinformed and content.

I do wonder now how many are new or just upgrades. It doesn't matter in the long run but wondering how it affects marketshare.

Check Larry Page comments (Google+) to Q3 Google results. 190M activations per quarter / ~90 days = ~2M per day.