[Update] Analysts: iPhone 4S Weekend Sales Reach “Up To 4 Million”.

  • October 16, 2011 8:05 pm

Before it was announced, the iPhone 4S — at the time believed to be the “iPhone 5″ — carried with it a mountain of hype and anticipation. Once it was revealed, however, to be a more “minor” refresh, critics were great in number and malice towards the next-gen device.

But despite an overpowering wave of disappointment, the public apparently can’t get enough. The iPhone 4S has been flying off shelves in countries around the world. On that note, how well did the iPhone 4S do on opening weekend? At least here in the U.S. this is the first year that a carrier other than AT&T has launched the new iPhone with Verizon and Sprint now joining the ranks.

The best estimates currently circulating around the web fall somewhere in between 2 and 3 million devices. Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe is a bit more optimistic, claiming global iPhone 4S sales could very well have sailed past 4 million.

Reports of the old weekend sales numbers being smashed shouldn’t be surprising. On Friday AT&T claimed they had passed previous 1-day sales records for any device by 4:30 pm. Likewise, Sprint also reported smashing old 1-day sales records, beating the previous record even earlier in the day than AT&T at 1pm. And remember, these are just two carriers in the U.S. Many other carriers also launched the iPhone 4S this past Friday: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

Look for more official numbers to make their way out in the coming weeks.


Apple is now also confirming the 4+ million sales figure. Impressive.

Via: Sydney Morning Herald

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