A mere three days after the iPhone 3G’s worldwide debut, Apple says it has sold a cool million of its geek-chic smartphone.
Racing the the sun across the face of the globe, from Sydney to San Francisco to Scotland, sales of the new 3G iPhone
have eclipsed the one million mark just three days after its launch.
The long-awaited mobile phone began its worldwide march last Friday, with lines
forming around dealerships for carrier partners Optus and Telstra and Vodafone as well as Apple’s George Street store in Sydney. Customers continued queuing over the weekend. This trend was played out around the world as the iPhone 3G went on sale in 21 countries, in most of which the original iPhone had been unavailable.
“iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” trumpeted Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world.” However, it should be pointed out that the original iPhone was available in only a handful of countries outside the massive US market.
On top of the six million sales of the first iPhone through to when the debutante offering was withdrawn from sale last Friday, Apple’s sales stats for both models is now seven million and counting. This puts the company well ahead of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ target of 10 million iPhones sold by the end of the year.
Apple also popped the champagne over download figures for the newly-launched App Store on iTunes, which hit 10 million programs over its first weekend. This includes both paid and free apps, and it’s safe to assume that somewhere close to 9.99 million of those downloads were the freebies.
But those who pay for their programs aren’t looking for productivity. Apple’s list of the top ten paid downloads comprises seven games, two ‘entertainment’ programs and one music application. The field is more evenly spread in the top ten free applications, including a currency converter, Facebook software and a simple program that permits the iPhone’s large bright screen to double as a flashlight.