Apple's latest iPhone version, launched on June 19, 2009, has beaten its own previous launch record.
Apple's iPhone 3G S - where the 'S' stands for 'Speed' - has broken the record of its predecessor - the iPhone 3G, which sold a Million units during its launch week-end. According to Apple's press release yesterday, it has sold more than 1 million units of iPhone 3G S in the first three days of its release since Friday last.
Even the previous year's iPhone 3G launch saw Apple sell its then latest gadget at 1 Million units during the first 3 days but that launch happened simultaneously in 21 countries across the globe as against just 8 countries now in which iPhone 3G S has been launched including the United States, Canada & six other European nations. It took the original iPhone, launched in mid-2007, 74 days to reach the 1 Million mark.
Thus, through its brisk sales, Apple has beaten analysts' predictions of anywhere between 400,000 to 750,000 units sales during its launch week-end. Seeing the brisk sales of iPhone 3G S, one analyst remarks that "even in this down economy, food, shelter, clothing and smart phones are becoming essentials of people's lives".
As per analysts' data, more than half of the iPhone 3G S buyers were upgrading. This shows that Apple can benefit if it shortens its replenishment cycle apart from benefitting from its ever growing market share in smartphones. Another significant development of this year's iPhone sales is that 12% of the buyers have discarded their Blackberrys (up from 6% earlier).
Apple Inc.'s CEO, Steve Jobs said in a statement that “Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning. With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever”.
Yes. Apple's iTunes AppStore, a simple but effective software applications retailing portal from which applications can be downloaded onto iPhones and iPod Touches, is a roaring success with more than 1 Billion downloads in nine months. Coupled with the latest update of its iPhone OS 3.0 software, of which 6 million downloads have happened since its official release last week, an overwhelming majority of 88% of the buyers opted for iPhone 3G S due to its new feature sets.
One of the new features in the latest operating system is Find My iPhone (available only for Apple's MobileMe subscribers). By enabling this feature, an IPhone owner can locate & retrieve his lost iPhone. If you think I am kidding, please read this great story.
Apple's iPhone is yet to enter (officially) the one big market in the world for mobile phones - China. Rumours are doing the rounds that Apple is in talks with a Chinese mobile carrier for a possible iPhone 3G S roll-out in China from October, 2009. Once that happens, iPhone is expected to start garnering real market share in smartphone sales, which is at present hovering at around 8.4%.
As far as iPhone 3G's India foray is concerned, it was a huge flop, thanks to both the carriers (Bharti Airtel & Vodafone) who have not subsidised the devices but, at the same time, tied the user with a two-year contract. Since the Indian market is highly price-sensitive, I think it will take a while before iPhone starts making inroads into India. I think the possibly of iPhones making some dent in the Indian smartphone market will be the time when the 3G spectrum services are allowed to be rolled out by the Indian Government, which is unlikely before 2010.