Huzzah: Apple's 4M iPhone Weekend

Coming in at the very high end of analyst estimates the iPhone 4S sold "more than four million" units over the course of its first weekend, including pre-orders. This was "more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days." 

Other stats released by Apple

  • More than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5
  • More than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud
  • iPhone 4S is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year

Many if not most tech bloggers and analysts (including me) were disappointed by the lack of a hardware redesign and the absence of 4G capability. (However I purchased one nonetheless.) Some people have attributed the massive sales in part to Steve Jobs' death with Apple die-hards buying the 4S as a kind of tribute to Jobs. Others see the Siri "assistant" feature as driving sales. 

However the sheer availability of the device -- on three of four major US carriers and in multiple countries simultaneously -- is also responsible for the quick uptake. Even though there are many improvements in the 4S over the iPhone 4, sales reflect pent-up demand for iPhones among non-iPhone owners, as well as upgrades from those with 3G and 3GS iPhones. 

What would also be interesting to know is how many $99 iPhone 4 devices were sold over the weekend (not included in the 4 million figure). 

During the iPhone 4S launch event Tim Cook reported 250 million iOS devices in market globally. Roughly 130 million of those are iPhones. Google's CEO Larry Page last week said that 190 million Android devices had been activated globally.