One big shot and obnoxious promoter of the Pre boldly predicted that one once it hit the market it would make every iPhone customer switch over to the Pre at the end of their contracts! Even though proudly declaring that the Pre broke all previous sales records, both Palm and Sprint strangely refused to declare just how many Pre units were actually sold in it's first two or three day opening weekend. Others, however, have estimated that it was anywhere from 50,000 to 150,000 units.
Nice going Palm.
Well, to all you Pre loving, iPhone hating fanatics out there, well, Apple has just released some important news that probably isn't going to sit too well with you. That's because it's now being reported that rather than iPhone customers ditching the iPhone in droves for the Pre, it has actually gone on to sell a staggering million plus units in it's first three-day weekend debut, clobbering, in the process, the Pre's sale records to smithereens!
Take that Roger!
Wow, had the analysts been correct in their first assertions that the new iPhone 3G S would sell only 500,000 units, it still would have been fantastic news, but by actually beating the analysts estimates by a factor of two, Apple has really gone on to prove that it, and the iPhone, are still very much a force to be reckoned with!
This, hopefully, should also help put a damper on all those bragging and boasting, like that particular and obnoxious Pre invester, about the Pre's superiority, while, they at the same time, hatefully dice everything about the iPhone and Apple. It should, in addition, also strike considerable fear into all of the other iPhone killer wannabe's out there, including Palm and it's Pre.
What is also amazing is the fact that this million-plus sales figure only includes the 3G S model - it doesnt' take into account sales of the older, and considerably now cheaper iPhone 3G at all! How many of them were also sold over the three-day weekend period, that I don't know, but I'm sure that it will eventually boost the overall numbers quite a bit. We will just have to wait until either Apple or AT&T reveal them, I guess, but, in the meantime, what ever they are, they really make me wish, all the more, that I could see the face of that certain Pre big shot promoter, and his reaction to the 3G S's stunning launch numbers. Now the look on his face truly would be priceless!
As AppleInsider brought out, the news of the overwhelming weekend success of the 3G S were so significant that it even brought out the following statement from the big man himself, Steve Jobs, who went on to say that:
"Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,"and "With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever."
Apparently, that is clearly the case. However, I just cant' help but wonder how much more that would be if Apple also introduced a more business friendly model of the 3G S, namely one with a built-in, or add-on, physical keyboard and Pre-like multi-tasking? Not only do I believe that these features are important to the future and continual success of the iPhone, but I also believe that they are inevitable! After all, Apple stalled for a time on whether they would even allow 3rd. party developers to write apps for the iPhone in the first place! Even when they did, at first it only allowed developers to develop web-based apps, apps much like those on the Pre's.
All-in-all, the official acknowledgment of the 3G S's initial and stunning sales figures have got to be not only very welcome news for Apple and all of it's legends of developers, but also one that will, as I have said, install considerable fear and panic in the competition, and especially so for Palm and the Pre, and particularly so for that obnoxious big-time Pre investor and promoter.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, June 22, 2009
iPhone 4G S photo via: Apple