Everyone knew that the iPhone 4 would have a good opening weekend, but not even the most optimistic forecasts predicted that the company would sell 1.7 million units.
Last week, Apple reported that 600,000 pre-orders for the new phones.
Each time Apple has released a version of the iPhone demand has well outweighed supply, and this was the case once again this weekend. Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs stated that the iPhone 4 release was the most successful product launch in the company's history, and apologized to everyone out there who was unable to pick up a new phone over the weekend. Stores across the country were turning away customers that had waited hours in line for their chance to get the new phone the day it became available.
To put it into perspective, you need to consider how much demand has risen for each generation iPhone. It took Apple 72 days to sell a million units of the original iPhone back in 2007, and its past 2 iPhones, the 3G and the 3GS each sold right at 1 million during their opening weekends.
One problem that customers have already started to report is a problem with the phone's antenna, reportedly completely losing signal depending on what angle they were holding their phone. Apple responded that users should be careful not to cover the antenna with their hands. The problem is presumed to be software related, and that a fix could be coming out today.
Apple is doing their best to keep up with demand, but it will definitely be a while before you can be 100% certain of finding the new phone at your local store. If you want to get your hands on a new white iPhone, you wait is going to be even longer. Unless you are willing to settle for a black iPhone, you could be waiting until the end of July for your new iPhone. Apple released a statement that the white iPhones were "more challenging to manufacture than expected."
In addition to its launch in the United States, the phone also launched in France, Japan, Germany and the U.K., and will be on sale in 88 countries by September.
Were you one of the 1.7 million people to pick up the new iPhone this weekend? If you were lucky enough to get the new phone, let us know your thoughts on the device, and in particular if you have been having problems with the phone's antenna.