We all knew that the new iPhone 4 was going to be a hot seller. With its sleek new design, amazing new retina display screen along with the new FaceTime video chat there’s really no other smartphone like it on the market. Well, this morning Apple confirmed our suspicions that the iPhone 4 is a hot seller by releasing a statement saying that they’ve sold 1.7 Million iPhone 4’s in three days. That’s far more than the once-thought 600,000 that they took for pre-order.
What’s still unclear is how many of the 1.7M have been shipped or received by customers. For a while now the expected ship date even on apple.com for a new iPhone 4 has been reading “Ships by July 14th” (today it’s reading “Ships: 3 Weeks”) so it’s possible that a good number of the 1.7M sold are still “processing.” Either way, the numbers are impressive. Full press release below:
iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million
CUPERTINO, California—June 28, 2010—Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
iPhone 4 also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD 720p video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US)* for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 is also available in the UK, France, Germany and Japan and will be available in an additional 18 countries by the end of July—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
*Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OSX, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
In case you’ve missed it, both iOS 4 (formerly known as iPhone OS 4) and iBooks are available for download and installation today from iTunes. iBooks has been available on the iPad for some time now (since it’s launch) and Apple has made good on its promise to bring it to the iPhone/iPod platform. However, probably the bigger news of the available downloads today is that of iOS 4 for iPhone 3GS, 3G, iPod Touch 2nd & 3rd Generations. Original iPhone and iPod owners are out of luck for iOS 4, but that shouldn’t be news or a surprise to anyone.
iOS 4 brings over 100 new features and enhancements but of these the most anticipated feature is multitasking. Multitasking alone on the iOS has multiple features that app developers can leverage to enhance their applications. Among the multitasking features available is the ability to run VoIP apps in the background, stream music (a la Pandora) and many others that us iPhone owners have been anxiously awaiting for.
If you haven’t already installed the OS update, here’s a few pre-update pointers to help get you started:
- Be sure you have an hour or more to give to the upgrade process as you will use every minute of it. Don’t be rushed as the process will not be fast.
- Know that a full backup, sync, iOS install, restore and resync can take considerable time (1:45 for me).
- Backup, backup, backup. Before doing any OS update, backup your iDevice. To backup, right-click (or command-click) your device in iTunes and select “Backup” from the menu.
- Sync you device. You should do a full sync of your device so make sure your contacts, etc are up to date on your computer.
Syncing your device also allows you to easily re-install all of the apps you have on your gadget. If you’re like me, you’re installing and uninstalling apps right from the phone, which means any sync data on the computer is way out of whack. Syncing the apps and other data means that once the device is restored and synced again then it should be exactly how it was before the update.
Note: Know that not all iOS udpates will be problem free and some will require a full restore (hence the two above).
Our experience? Well, let’s just say I went the whole restore and resync method to get my iPhone up and running correctly on iOS 4. So having the backup and recent sync of my idevice made the process pretty smooth, even if it did take well over an hour.
iBooks was also expected to launch onto our iDevices today, which it did. The iBooks apps is now a Universal app (supports iPad and iPhone), it just wasn’t available for iPhone until iOS launched today for the masses. Once I installed it the app automatically synced all of the books I had purchased on my iPad. I haven’t spent much time with iBooks for iPhone but the interface is very similar to the iPad version.
In case you missed either the live blog or the many posts yesterday discussing Steve Jobs’ Keynote address at the WWDC10 conference, there’s a video for it now. This is where Steve introduced the new iPhone 4 complete with FaceTime video chat along with iMove and much more. If you’re an Apple fan or even just an iPhone fan then it’s worth the time to watch.
Steve Jobs in his keynote address at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC10) in San Francisco unveiled the new iPhone 4 today. Of course, if you’re an iPhone fan you’ll know that much of this was leaked a few weeks back, which Steve eluded to in his keynote with “stop me if you’ve seen this before.” The new iPhone 4 sports a full redesign and includes many enhancements including a 5mp camera, a front facing camera, new A4 processor and more. Read more
It seems like only yesterday when we were reporting that 2 billion apps had been downloaded and now we’re already at 3. Apple announced that worldwide app downloads for their popular iPhone and iPod Touch has surpassed 3 billion. “Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. See the full release below, or here.
Apple’s App Store Downloads Top Three Billion
CUPERTINO, California—January 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone® and iPod touch® users worldwide.
“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.
There’s been various reports floating around out there for the past week that the app store has reached the 100,000 app count and today, Apple made it official:
Apple Announces Over 100,000 Apps Now Available on the App Store
CUPERTINO, California—November 4, 2009—Apple® today announced that developers have created over 100,000 apps for the revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. iPhone® and iPod touch® customers in 77 countries can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. App Store users have downloaded well over two billion apps, continuing to make it the world’s most popular applications store.
“The App Store, now with over 100,000 applications available, is clearly a major differentiator for millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The iPhone SDK created the first great platform for mobile applications and our customers are loving all of the amazing apps our developers are creating.”
“The App Store has forever changed the mobile gaming industry and continues to improve,” said Travis Boatman, vice president of Worldwide Studios, EA Mobile. “With a global reach of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, the App Store has allowed us to develop high quality EA games that have been a huge success with customers.”
“With 10,000 downloads a day, worldwide customer response to our I Am T-Pain App has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Jeff Smith, CEO of Smule. “The App Store has given us a unique opportunity to create and grow a very successful business, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future.”
Apple continues to improve search and discovery with new features including Genius for Apps, App Store Essentials selections, sub category listings and more valuable customer reviews. With the recently introduced iTunes® 9, it’s also now easier than ever to organize and sync your apps right in iTunes and they will automatically appear on your iPhone or iPod touch with the same layout.
The release of iPhone OS 3.0 this summer made over 100 new features available to iPhone and iPod touch users including Cut, Copy and Paste; MMS; landscape view for Mail, Text and Notes; stereo Bluetooth; shake to shuffle; parental controls; automatic login at Wi-Fi hot spots and Push Notifications. These new features have been incredibly popular with customers and there have already been more than two billion Push Notifications sent to apps available from the App Store. Additionally, the recently introduced In App Purchase feature for free apps means leading developers will now be able to offer customers the choice of buying content, subscriptions and digital services from directly inside their apps.