One Million iPhone 3G Sales In First Weekend

Much higher figures only restricted by stock availability while App Store downloads surpass 10 million...

With ”some” of the furore behind the iPhone 3G’s opening weekend calming down early sales figures are here to stir them back up again…

Given the new subsidised pricing model and simultaneous launch in 21 countries the long awaited handset had been expected to do well, but with Apple reporting no less than one million of the little devils sold in the first three days it seems to have topped these expectations.

In fact couple this with the fact this number is heavily restricted by stock availability (far more wannabe owners failed to get one than did) and role out still to hit another 50+ countries this is shaping up to be one monster hit. Ironic for a handset which actually wasn’t quite the step forward from the original we hoped for.

“iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” said Apple (insert your choice of description here) 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.”

Coupled with the launch Apple has also confirmed a massive 10 million downloads have been made over the same time from the App Store. Initial enthusiasm no doubt has been the driving force behind this, but couple it with the fact there will never be less apps than were available at launch along with the disappointing first generation-y nature of many of them and it’s no less remarkable.

”’In related news”’, Apple iPod and iPhone Market Head Greg Joswiak says plans for turn-by-turn GPS navigation for the iPhone 3G is a high priority with only “complicated issues” stopping the launch (think lawyers, judges, courtrooms) not technical limitations as had initially been suggested by the New York Times’ David Pogue.

Less encouraging however was Joswiak admitting simple cut and paste functionality is not a high priority which may well hinder the roll out of any office suite developments. In this instance you’re mad Apple, completely stark raving bonkers.

Otherwise, well done. Carry on.

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Joswiak Interview via AppScout

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