The numbers are in and Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, has sold over four million units since Friday, Oct. 14, when the device launched.
“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.”
While consumers were initially disappointed by the company’s decision to release a revamped iPhone 4 model, rather than the rumored iPhone 5, one million units were sold within the first 12 hours after Apple’s unveiling of the smartphone. Packed with a new dual-core A5 processor, greater camera optics with an 8MP shooter and equipped with the intelligent assistant Siri, the iPhone 4S is clearly popular among consumers, especially previous iPhone owners. The phone brought record sales to both Sprint and AT&T this weekend, though Verizon has yet to announce its numbers.
Additionally, the latest-generation Apple handset runs the company’s newest platform, iOS 5, which has accumulated 25 million users since its debut on Oct. 12. Along with the advanced operating system Apple unveiled its iCloud service, with more than 20 million customers signed up to date.
Plenty of Success to Go Around
Samsung’s answer to the iPhone, the Galaxy S II, has already passed the 30 million sales mark, though the handset debuted in Europe this past spring. The Samsung smartphone finally arrived States-side this fall with T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint all releasing a re-branded version of the device. The handset is wildly popular among consumers, according to JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.
“Since its launch only five months ago, Galaxy SII has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe,” said Shin.
The iPhone 4S is available now in the U.S. for $200, $300 and $400 for the 16, 32 and 64GB models, respectively. The smartphone will hit 22 more countries on Oct. 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.