Apple received 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders when it first made the device available for sale on its site. Now the company has announced sales numbers from the first three days of actually releasing the iPhone 4.
In a press release, Apple announced that, as of Saturday, 26 June, it had sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4 units. In other words, since releasing the iPhone 4 on 24 June to customers in the US and four other countries (and including the pre-orders that were delivered in the mail), the device was selling at a rate of nearly seven per second.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, said in the press release. He also apologised to customers who have been turned away because Apple is having trouble meeting demand.
As of writing, an iPhone 4 ordered from Apple’s US Website won’t ship for three weeks. At this stage there has been no announcement from Apple to suggest further international launches will be delayed, but with these numbers being sold, it’s anyone’s guess when iPhone 4 will be available in Australia or even how many will be available once it does arrive.