Apple iPhone 4S Sales Top 4 Million in the First Weekend

Apple said on Monday that it sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S devices in the first weekend the new iPhone has been on sale.

Apple launched its new iPhone 4S on Friday, October 14, and already the new iPhone is a blockbuster. The company just announced, that customers bought over 4 million units during the handset's first weekend in stores. Photo: Yoshikazu Takada/Flickr

Apple sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S smartphones in the first three days of sales, the fastest pace for any other iPhone model, the company announced on Monday. This is a new record for Apple’s smartphone. It took three weeks for Apple to sell 3 million iPhone 4 units, and it took 74 days to sell the first million units of the original iPhone.

For comparison, Samsung has sold 10 million Galaxy S II smartphones in the first five months on the market. This is another important milestone for the iPhone and a success for Apple, but it hardly comes as a surprise after the announcement that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S topped 1 million in the first 24 hours.

“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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

The company also said that more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

Meantime, the former top smartphone company, Research In Motion (RIMM), said it would give away $100 of mobile apps to BlackBerry customers to make up for last week’s worldwide service disruptions.

Carriers were also feeling the love on the day the new iPhone launched. AT&T said it “activated a record number of iPhones” on Friday, and Sprint claimed “its best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history,” according to the Washington Post.

iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

The Apple iPhone 4S is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and it’s coming to 22 more countries on Oct. 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of 2011.

However, Samsung filed preliminary injunctions to block iPhone 4S sales in Japan and Australia on Monday, citing technology and user-interface patent infringements in Japan, and wireless telecommunications standards in Australia. The device went on sales in both countries last week. The Korean electronics manufacturer also asked Japan’s Tokyo District Court to halt sales of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

The filings are part of a larger international patent battle between the two companies – one that is likely to end in cross-licensing deals, analysts told The Wall Street Journal. Samsung has already filed similar patent infringement complaints against the iPhone 4S in several other countries, including France and Italy.

So far, though, it is Apple that has prevented Samsung’s products from being sold in several markets. Most recently, the Australian Federal Court barred sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 device last week. Samsung has not yet successfully blocked sales of Apple products in any country. [Apple via All ThiingsD]

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