Apple has announced today that the iPhone 4S sold over 4 million units in the three days since it launched, breaking previous records regarding the popularity of the iPhone. The company issued a press release today which announced the staggering sales figures for the new device, which received a somewhat lukewarm reception upon launch from some pundits expecting a brand new design. Obviously, the punters don’t see it that way with these sales representing the initial launch figures in only 7 countries. With the iPhone 4S set to launch in a further 22 countries by the end of October and in 70 more by the end of the year, the demand for the device will no doubt continue to be staggering.
“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing”
In addition, the Apple press release also noted that over 25 million people are already using the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 5, five days after launch. Given that each version of iOS 5 weighs in at between 700-800MB can you imagine the amount of data that Apple’s own servers would have had to cope with? It isn’t surprising that there were some initial issues with activation and verification.