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Apple gives itself a pat on the back

It's been a crazy two and a half months for Apple's iPhone. Crowds of people lined up to plunk down $499 and $599 respectively for the 4GB and 8GB iPhones in late June. Apple's iPhone was such a hot item at launch that over 525,000 were sold within the first three days of availability.

After the initial rush, sales cooled off for Apple's iPhone. Some analysts noted that Apple's drastic $200 price cut for the iPhone (which was later somewhat rectified for early iPhone buyers) was due to poor sales.

Apple, however, begs to differ and today proudly announced that the one millionth iPhone was sold yesterday.

“One million iPhones in 74 days—it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “We can’t wait to get this revolutionary product into the hands of even more customers this holiday season.”

Apple calls the iPhone the "best mobile Internet device ever;" a title that many may take issue with. Despite the opinions expressed around the web over the iPhone -- both positive and negative -- the impact that the device has had on the mobile phone industry and how we interface with mobile devices cannot be ignored.

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The math...
By GTaudiophile on 9/10/2007 11:45:36 AM , Rating: 3
Okay, so 1 million iPhones sold in 74 days. 525,000 sold the first 3 days of availability.

So, that makes around 175,000 sold per day the first three days and only around 6,690 sold per day the remaining 71 days. That is quite a drop off.

RE: The math...
By hiscross on 9/10/2007 11:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
What other phone sold faster at any price? Here's a clue - none -).

RE: The math...
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 11:56:31 AM , Rating: 5
Actually lots of phones have done that, although this is likely the fastest selling smartphone to date.

Pretty impressive considering the massive price and the fact that it is not really a very smart smartphone. What it is is a 3 year old smartphone (featurewise) with a great touchscreen and a groundbreaking UI. Most smartphone users will tell you that most other smartphones have great features and aweful UI's, making using it a pain in the arse... This iPhone is the exact opposite. It will be interesting to see later verions of it when Apple catches up with the features, or other companies catch up with the UI. Either way Apple changed the future, in a positive way.

RE: The math...
By hiscross on 9/10/2007 12:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
If many phone did better, then provide empirical data. I've been using various smart and non-smart phones for 10+ years and never enjoyed any of them. In addition, our call/sprint infrastructure has always been terrible. No I don't own a iPhone, nor am I a Apple fanboy (not fanperson-how did that get by the political correct police?), but I find it interesting. Please provide real data.

RE: The math...
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 12:46:31 PM , Rating: 4
Even Apple has stated it is the fastest selling smartphone ever, not regular phone. The claim that it is the fastest selling phone ever rediculous.

hiscross - "What other phone sold faster at any price? Here's a clue - none -)."

This outlandish claim is yours, and you made it first... YOU provide the data. If you look into it you will find that the "fastest selling" proclamation is regarding smartphones, not regular cell phones - which are a very small fraction of the cell phone market.

RE: The math...
By hiscross on 9/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: The math...
By Oregonian2 on 9/10/2007 1:30:27 PM , Rating: 2
In a thread back when the iPhone was first releasing I think someone said that the record holder for a new model sold something like three million in the first weekend, or something like that (a lot if not most of those sales were overseas, but still). Over a BILLION phones are sold each year, so take that into account when looking at their million which is very puny in comparison to the whole. Something like 3 million cell phones are sold every day (on average), only a very teeny tiny percentage of which are iPhones.

RE: The math...
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 2:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
"i did my research and now show me yours."

No, you didn't do any research, and you didn't post it. If you did research, you would not have said the iPhone is the fastest selling phone (in the first 74 days) ever. You made a rediculous statement, with no data to back it up (because it does not exist) , I then disagreed with your claim and you are asking me to back up my disagreement.

No-one, not even Apple is claiming what you are claiming, and their marketing is well knows for outlandishly stretching the truth to make things appear better then they are...

RE: The math...
By hiscross on 9/10/07, Rating: 0
RE: The math...
By TomZ on 9/10/2007 5:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure why you're gloating about iPhone sales figures so much - did you create it or what? I mean, who cares?

There is no doubt that the hype leading up to the iPhone going on sale caused quite a spike in sales. In addition, one cannot underestimate the impact the iPhone has on the market, in terms of design and slightly altering customer perceptions and expectations.

But looking at it on the other side, there has been a lot of disappointment with iPhone sales as well (not to mention functionality and security). It's been widely reported that iPhone sales will well below internal sales targets, and news of low activation rates sent AT&T stock price downward.

In any case, as a practical matter, iPhone in its current form will only ever have a tiny fraction of the total market, which consists of more than 1 billion phones sold per year. You have to keep it all in perspective.

RE: The math...
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 5:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
#1... You have not showed any data at all. "What other phone sold faster at any price? Here's a clue - none -)." is NOT data, it is a statement, and a false one at that

#2... I just clicked on your id, and looked at all of your previous posts. You do nothing here but post in defense of the iPhone. Not about anything else, at least not recently.

This kind of blows holes in your other comment "No I don't own a iPhone, nor am I a Apple fanboy" If you are not a fanboy, why is it that your sole purpose here at AT/DT is to defend the iPhone without facts or logic? yes, same crap in your other posts as well.

You sir are both a fanboy and a troll. Buh bye.

RE: The math...
By The Boston Dangler on 9/10/2007 8:33:19 PM , Rating: 1

RE: The math...
By hiscross on 9/11/2007 12:27:01 PM , Rating: 2
Got to love pooning liberals

RE: The math...
By goatfajitas on 9/11/2007 3:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
Got to love pooning liberals

re-reading the thread, I am quite sure you are the one being referred to as pooned here.


RE: The math...
By RaisedinUS on 9/11/2007 12:13:29 AM , Rating: 2
All told the iPhone represented 1.8% of handsets sold in the US in July.

RE: The math...
By colonelclaw on 9/11/2007 8:54:03 AM , Rating: 2
is it just me or have mobile phone interfaces been getting steadily worse as the years have rolled by?
i remember really liking the interface on my ancient nokia from 8 years ago, yet every phone ive owned in the last 6 years or so has had interfaces so bad as to be nearly unusable.

good to see Apple tackle a phone interface, cos it seems noone else could be bothered to

RE: The math...
By mdogs444 on 9/10/2007 11:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
Very true. Just imagine if they would have been smarter by not being exclusive to AT&T and instead offering it out to multiple carriers, similar to what Motorola did with the Razr.

RE: The math...
By theapparition on 9/11/2007 8:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
The Razr was an initial exclusive to Cingular, if memory serves correctly. Also, Verizon turned down the opportunity to offer the iPhone first. They didn't like Apples terms.
AT&T is the one who wanted exclusivity, and for that exclusive contract, they were willing to accept Apple's terms.

Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By rdeegvainl on 9/10/2007 11:45:26 AM , Rating: 5
What part of this was Revolutionary again?

RE: Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 11:57:39 AM , Rating: 2
Just the UI... But it is one hell of a great UI. Beleive me, I am no Apple fan, but give them cred for the UI.

RE: Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By rdeegvainl on 9/10/2007 12:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yes that was a snazy UI, but revolutionary? just reminds me of adding touch, to a list of icons.

RE: Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 12:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
Using Palm OS and WinMobile based smartphones for 4+ years, and tinkering with a Blackberry or two, I would say the UI is revolutionary... No one else has done it. Other smartphones have great features and the UI is so gutwrenching that people hate to use them. Although the features are lacking, the iPhone actually looks fun to use.

By rdeegvainl on 9/11/2007 5:54:17 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe the smart phones haven't been using it but I've seen that kind of interface all over the place, it isn't a new concept, I've used it when working at McDonald's years ago.

RE: Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By Souka on 9/10/2007 12:24:35 PM , Rating: 3
I hate the keyboard... I've been using my company iPhone for a month+ now... I typed better(faster) on my Sprint 8830 Blackberry.

Oh yeah.. my Blackberry also had GPS navigation built in, can be used as a modem when traveling which is often, much better battery life, and didnt' use the legacy Edge network.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention, Sprint has much better coverage than AT&T does for all the US traveling I"ve been doing recently.

Sigh... wish I could get back my Blackberry...

RE: Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By daftrok on 9/10/2007 3:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
What's stopping you? Just tell them I want the Blackberry and will get used to the AT&T

RE: Revolutionary or Evolutionary
By retrospooty on 9/10/2007 10:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, if you are heavy into email, or text (or whatever else you need to do alot of typing) the keyboard sucks, but still the UI itself is awesome. If it had a qwerty keypad, the UI would still rock.

By INeedCache on 9/11/2007 1:51:43 AM , Rating: 2
When the took away the knobs from microwaves and added touchpads, it wasn't hailed as revolutionary, just a nice convenience. Same thing here, nothing revolutionary. Get a dictionary, Steve. Encarta, perhaps?

By Naviblue on 9/10/2007 11:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'll admit, the IPhone is an attractive phone but with all it's downfalls, it's still not worth the purchase at the moment. Hopefully they straighten out everything in the end (which they normally do) but until then, I'll sit on the sidelines with my enV texting away.

RE: Bah...
By peritusONE on 9/10/2007 12:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
If the 4GB iPhone is still being "discounted" on Apple's online store at $299, then that is actually a pretty great price for the tech.

RE: Bah...
By rdeegvainl on 9/10/2007 12:12:17 PM , Rating: 2
If they had a card reader yes.

RE: Bah...
By Connoisseur on 9/10/2007 12:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
They need to fix the touchscreen keypad... every time i've tried it out, I wanted to tear the damn thing apart.

By mvam on 9/10/2007 12:08:00 PM , Rating: 2
i wonder what the story is for the 206K that haven't been activated yet.

RE: hmmm
By dagamer34 on 9/10/2007 1:50:06 PM , Rating: 2
Go look on eBay? People trying to hack them or waiting for a hack?

By Hacp on 9/10/2007 8:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
I admit that its revolutionary to see such a bad phone selling so well.

RE: Revoutionary!
By Zensen on 9/11/2007 11:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
I really couldn't have said it better myself.

now im just going to make a buzzing noise.

By marvdmartian on 9/10/2007 3:02:00 PM , Rating: 2
.....when he said, "There's a sucker born every minute!"

By my calculations, there's been ~65000 minutes since the iphone came out (~45 days x 24 hours/day x 60 minutes/hour). By my calculations, that's ~15.4 suckers every minute, on average.

I'm sure Mr Barnum would be proud of Steve Jobs & co. ;)

By acer905 on 9/10/07, Rating: 0
Wow!!!....not really.
By rushfan2006 on 9/10/07, Rating: 0
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