Apple blows past record, sells 1.7 million iPhone 4s in debut

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) said it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the first three days of its launch, up to June 26.

The sales figures represent the most successful Apple product launch in the company's history, according to a statement by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and blew past previous iPhone debuts. The sales numbers are also in spite of a delay in the availability of the white version of the iPhone 4, as well as AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) inability to sell the phone in its retail stores and online until Tuesday, due to a massive number of pre-orders.

Apple also seems to have overcome reception issues that plagued some iPhone 4 users. Shortly after the gadget's release, reports began filtering in from users seeing degradations in their cellular signal strength when they held the phone in a certain way--specifically when their fingers touched the stainless steel band that houses the phone's antenna. Apple acknowledged the problem after the phone launch, but said the issue is common to all wireless phones.

In comparison, it took Apple three days in 2009 to sell 1 million iPhone 3GS units and to sell 1 million iPhone 3Gs in 2008. It took Apple 72 days to sell 1 million units of the original iPhone in 2007.

For more:
- see this release
- see this AllThingsD post
- see this Fortune blog post

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