1.7 Million iPhone 4 Fans Can't Be Wrong
"It's not as fast a sales rate as some analysts predicted but still represents huge successes in the face of controversy over its design," writes Fast Company. Some analysts apparently predicted Apple selling (1.5 million iPhone 4's on day one).
"An impressive showing, particularly considering it took Apple 72 days to sell 1 million of the first iPhone in 2007," concludes Digital Daily.
"To put the numbers in historical perspective, in 2008, Apple sold 1 million iPhone 3G devices within the same time frame (3 days) as the iPhone 4," writes ReadWriteWeb. "Last year, the company again sold 1 million of the 3GS model iPhones during its opening weekend. iPads, on the other hand, took a little longer to reach the million mark: 28 days, to be precise."
"That's crazy," Information Week said of the strong iPhone 4 sales. "Given the large crowds that lined up for Apple's latest handset on June 24, it's not too much of a surprise that Apple sold so many."
"Oddly enough, it's also the launch that seems to have had the most technical issues as well, given the antenna reception problems Apple confirmed both officially and unofficially last week," notes ReadWriteWeb.
Indeed, "What's missing in the press release [that Apple just released touting iPhone 4 sales] is any mention of the controversy that appears to be building about the phone's technical design," adds Fast Company.
Bigger picture, "The iPhone 4 has once again re-defined the smartphone landscape," according to GigaOm. "Witness Apple's competitors: they are introducing feature packed, big screen devices that are powered by beefy processors."
Last week, for one, Motorola, Verizon and Google jointly announced the new Motorola Droid X. Now, T-Mobile is launching Samsung Vibrant -- which runs Google's Android 2.1 -- and which comes bundled with Amazon Kindle. Will it be iPod redux, where all the MP3-player wannabes in the world couldn't make a dent in Apple's dominance? asks Malik.