Apple's latest handset, the snappily named iPhone 3GS, looks to be a smash hit – hitting the one million sales mark in its first weekend.
According to Apple's own figures – quoted by Wired
– the 3GS has managed to sell over one million units in its first three days. To put that into perspective, it took T-Mobile's Android-based G1 six months to reach that high.
Using the figures for unsubsidised handsets as a guide – and assuming an equal number of 16GB models were sold as 32GB models – Wired points out that the sales over the three days represents a rough income stream of $650 million (£398 million). Not bad for something that isn't the company's core competancy, and which represents its third ever foray into the mobile marketplace.
With Apple crowing
about the new features on the 3GS – dubbing it the “fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including improved speed and performance
” – it's hard to imagine demand slacking off any time soon, either – something which is surely going to give the industry incumbents pause for thought.
Not everyone is happy with their shiny new handset, however: according to Boy Genius Report
some users with sensitive hearing are finding themselves plagued by a bug which causes the loudspeaker to emit high-frequency – up to 15KHz – tones for a period of time after a sound file is played. The problem appears to be a bug in the software, as switching the device to vibrate mode instantly silences the irritating whine. So far there has been no comment from Apple regarding the issue.
Any iPhone 3GS owners here having made up the first million, or are you all waiting for Apple to produce something with a little more substance behind it? Share your thoughts over in the forums