Apple issued in a press release a statement about iPhone 4 sales in the first day of pre-orders. In the statement Apple states that more than 600.000 phones were sold in the first day, which far surpassed their expectations leading to problems with the ordering systems of some partners. (One of which seems to have been AT&T in the US.)
The following is the entire statement:
Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.
Reports from both AT&T and Deutsche Telekom indicate that traffic to their sites for placing the pre-orders for the iPhone 4 was ten times what they had last year in the first day of pre-orders for the iPhone 3Gs. It would seem that the iPhone 4 left all those impressive iPad sales eating dust.
There were some comments a few weeks back that the iPad was probably going to be the fastest product to reach the 1 Billion dollars in sales mark. Well, It seems clear that if Apple has enough phones to sell, it will sell 1 Billion worth of phones much faster than is claimed that it sold of iPads.