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Apple Sells 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Units In Three Days

by Sean P. Aune | June 28, 2010June 28, 2010 11:32 am PST

It was a very good weekend for Apple as it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets between its release last Thursday and Saturday.

Despite reports of yellowed screens and reception problems, people still turned out in droves over those first 72 hours to pick up their new iPhone.  The press release from Apple is scarce on details beyond “We sold a whole bunch of these and the phone is teh AWESOME!!!1!!1!!”, but it does make it clear that Apple has another success on its hands so long as the reception issue is addressed at some point.

iphone 4 To put this in perspective, in the first three days of sales for the iPhone 3G [S], Apple sold one million units.  Why the difference in numbers?  I think you had multiple factors at play here:

  • I know personally of several first gen iPhone owners finally decided to upgrade due to their inability to use iOS4
  • iPhone 3G owners were at the end of their two year contracts
  • iPhone 3G [S] owners … well, they probably buy an iPhone every year no matter what
  • At least some percentage of the buyers were new customers

In short, it was like the perfect storm of iPhone purchases.  I would be very surprised if we would see similar sales numbers next year for the iPhone 5.

This does bring the previous report of 1.5 million iPhone 4s selling the first day in to question.  We have some analyst giving speculation as to the sales figures, and if that is to be believed, Apple then sold only 100,000 units a day on Friday and Saturday.  That seems a bit suspect to me, and just furthers my theory that analysts really are no better than carnival hucksters looking into crystal balls.

All that aside, it was still a heck of a good sales result for Apple, and it only makes you wonder where this phone can go from here sales wise.

What say you?  Did you get an iPhone 4 yet?  Do you plan to?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...