It took Apple two and a half months to sell one million of its original iPhones after launch in 2007, but only three days to move a million of the new 3G iPhones. Steve Jobs in today's press release:
"iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world."
I rarely write about the iPhone and other Apple products, only because there are so many fan sites devoted to Apple out there. But Apple surely defines what it means to inspire Consumer Passion. Rarely do products consistently exceed the hype. And in Apple's case, there's plenty of hype and mouth foaming leading up to launch days.
Apple also announced this morning that consumers have downloaded more than ten million applications from its newly launched App Store, for use with iPhones and iPods. More than 800 native applications are available on the App Store, more than a quarter of them offered for free, and most priced less than $10.
The bottom line is the bottom line, and these numbers are stunning. The iPhone is filling a void, one that brings a rich web experience to a mobile device. I don't own an iPhone yet ... but I most surely will. I use a Nokia N95, mainly for its amazing video streaming capabilities (which the iPhone lacks). But the mobile web experience is not user friendly, and far from rich, on the N95. If Apple adds a high quality camera with video streaming capability on its next version, it may take a lead in the mobile computing market that will be next to impossible to catch up to, even with all the blathering around the web about people having trouble activating, purchasing and upgrading on Friday. We heard the same moanings a year ago when the first generation iPhone was launched, and consumers are more rabid than ever for Apple's masterpiece of mobile computing. The groans will die down over the coming days, and millions more will join the ranks of Passionate iPhone Consumers.