Apple announced via a press release today that over 1 million iPhone 3GS's were sold over the past weekend. Last year, Apple sold 1 million iPhone 3G models during its first weekend of availability, and many analysts were initially skeptical that the iPhone 3G S would be as successful.
While endless lines at Apple Stores this weekend weren't as conspicuous as they were during the launch of the iPhone 3G, the ability for interested consumers to pre-order the device from both Apple and AT&T was a huge factor in racking up sales, with AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega noting that pre-orders for the device were in the hundreds of thousands for AT&T alone.
Apple's press release reads in part:
CUPERTINO, California—June 22, 2009—Apple® today announced that it has sold over one million iPhone™ 3GS models through Sunday, June 21, the third day after its launch. In addition, six million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.
“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.”