For those in any doubt over the popularity of Apple’s latest wünderphone it has just released sales figures for the iPhone 4 and after just three days over 1.7 million units were sold.
Clocking sales of over 1.7 million in just three days Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the iPhone 4 was the most successful product launch ever for the company even though the demand outstripped the supply and the amount sold would have been even higher had their been more stock available.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. Even so, we apologise to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply,” said Jobs.
The sales figures include those that were pre-ordered, which stood at 600,000 combined from Apple and its carrier partners as of 16 June.
The sheer number of pre-orders on the first day was such that order and approval system malfuctions occurred.
“Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock,” Apple said in an official statement at the time.
Despite this there remained a healthy demand for the smartphone with supply shortages and limited stock being sent to the various retailers in the five countries where it went on sale: the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.
Ireland , alongside Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, will be getting the iPhone 4 at the end of July but not exact date has yet been announced.