Apple iPhone 4S sales go over 4 million in the opening weekend

Apple iPhone 4S sales go over 4 million in the opening weekend
Right after we heard about the impressive 30 million sales of the Samsung Galaxy S and S II combined, Apple has announced that it’s sold 4 million iPhone 4Ss in the opening weekend alone. The iPhone 4S launched on Friday at Apple Stores, carriers and other retailers like Best Buy.

“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” Apple’s senior VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller, said. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

AT&T and Sprint reported record sales on Friday when the 4S launched nationwide. 

At the same time, over 25 million people are now using iOS 5, the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform with reworked notifications and added services. 20 million have already signed up for iCloud, which is in the core of the new version of the platform.

The new iPhone 4S is already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will arrive to 22 countries on October 28 and over 70 more by the end of 2011.

source: Apple
Image courtesy of AP Images.

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118 Comments

1. afterthoughts11 unregistered

Strange, I haven't read one article about Verizon's sales performance with the new iPhone. Is it selling below expectations for some reason? Anyone know anything or care to chime in?

4. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Well, given that Verizon's money maker is the 'Droid' lineup and with the immenent release of the Nexus device, touting the their iP4s sales might be counter productive as it might diminish the foot traffic for the new Nexus device. Nonetheless, it was reported that all three carriers sold out of pre-orders, it's just that only ATT and Sprint gave actual press releases regarding that.

9. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Wow good point

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Let's not forget that Verizon threw in with Samsung on the court case in which Apple is trying to ban the Galaxy line. Big Red doesn't feel their future is as tied to Apple as Sprint does and doesn't have the history with them AT&T does. They hit over 100 million customers all on their own, and have the most advanced LTE network in the world, and always rank at the top of consumer satisfaction. I am sure they love the sales, but seems as though they refuse to get married ot them. Wish they would get some WP devices. I would jump to them in a heartbeat.

60. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

VZW's system was having issues all weekend too. It was causing activation problems with multiple retailers.

112. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I haven't read an article on phone arena yet about how poor the iphone 4s battery is turning out to be. Google it online and theres loads of complaints rising about the battery losing up to 20% per hour,and ther phone really really overheating. ios5 it seems is a big issue of this also as alot of iphone 4 owners now saying the same

115. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

It is below sales expectations because Apple, as a company, likes to underproduce units. Great for their bottom line, terrible for Verizon sales reps like myself that watch customers walk out the door because they want a product that I have no ability to aquire for them now, and they arent willing to wait for me to have one ordered to the store.

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

And what about the shortage ? remember no stock not enough phones ? It was a big lie of the apple marketing gestapo ?

5. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Oh yeah, when? This "brand new", revolutionary 4S was "supposed" to be released back in the spring. Don't hold your breath for the iPhone 5, Apple will milk the teet of the 4S before it even fathoms the idea to release a new phone...

6. JJ unregistered

No need to feel sorry for me. I had the iPhone3 before, so switching to the 4S has been quite the upgrade for me. I suspect those that were in a similar situation as myself are quite happy with their purchase as well.

90. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

There's a new iPhone released every year...? I just wait til my 2 year agreement is up each time... I'm in no rush to upgrade. And also, the iPhone 5 will probably have the same guts and a redesigned look.. Kind of like the 3GS to 4 upgrade. So no loss there.

106. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Why was som's comment moderated? It was relevant and not too disrespectful.

7. Mike S unregistered

Given my experience with friends and colleges in the office, at lot of those sales are replacement phones. Not necessarily 4 millions new customers.

12. Jake16

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

And the same goes for the Galaxy S and S II, i bet a lot of them were replacement phones from people with other phones, not necessarily 30 million new customers, think about it

15. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I think this is half true. In my day we used have what they call a death chain. Sales would be in correlation of the same group of individuals. It means that the new issue would be purchased and these people would sell their old one to someone that had the model previous to that one. Cult following, Recycled products. However, we cannot dismiss new customers of the iPhone. Sprint has never sold the iPhone before and VZW sales were low on an anticipation of this issue. Obviously, this will play big in new sales. But, what I have found particularly interesting, is that it appears a good percentage of new iPhone users, have come from owning blackberries. Not Android. They interviewed many people in our area lining up for the iPhone, and many said they have blackberries and felt this was the time to try an iPhone. It's an interesting common denominator. Several even admitted to not even trying Android. As a recovering iPhone owner, now owning an Android phone, I value choices but also feel Android becomes underrated in time of iPhone launches. The marketing hype Apple creates at these times, simply trumps Google's Android. I enjoyed my one and only iphone, but I have found a home with Android. John B.

22. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I couldn't agree more.

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

wow great for Apple. Apple's been breaking their own records every year..

10. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Android fan boys you jeally?

14. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

No need to start flame wars here :)

16. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Oh my gosh!!! Thank you so much for nipping that in the bud. Anyway, 4 million in just a few days is pretty darn impressive, no matter what your preference is.

66. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yeah PA, really good work. I don't see any moderation here.

17. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

How do you think that can affect android users? And how does that affect you? wanna elaborate?

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Good for them. Those two guys in the picture sure seem happy. Swept off their feet. iPhone sure promotes emotions from everyone, don't it?

18. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

its too early to say if this iphone 4s is a success just by this sales number. this is like a much anticipated movies, a lot of people watch it in the first day but by 2nd week, it plunge cause all the people who want to watch it already did. so the question is can iphone 4s hold on and sustain for the long run till iphone 5 comes out.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay. Not entirely unexpected, considering that over twice as many potential customers are now able to get the iPhone. These have to be worldwide sales, I imagine. Not just US sales.

67. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Wrong. It IS US sales. And clearly it shows iPhone 4S outsells any other smartphone. The statistics speak for themselves, Sniggy.

74. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Wrong, the article does not distinguish the 4 million as being from the US alone, because the iPhone was launched in multiple countries over the weekend. Even for a troll that was a f**king stupid thing for you to say.

116. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Man, that was some kind of ignorant comment there.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

When I predicted 4 million iPhone sales I believe remix bashed me for it.

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Piper-Jaffray-estimates-2-to-2.5-million-Apple-iPhone-4S-units-will-be-sold-through-Sunday_id23010/comments/page/2 7. taco50 posted on 2 days ago, 19:17 5 5 My predictions are 4 million iPhones sold by Monday including pre order sales. I also predict 30% of android users will switch over when everything is done. It will be gradual because some aren't eligible to upgrade yet. I think with this launch android market share drops back down to 30 some % and iPhone will go above the 30% mark. These are all just my guesses of course. I could be way off.

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