Steve Jobs returns to declare 1m iPhone 3GS phones sold

The new iPhone selling well says Jobs
The new iPhone selling well says Jobs

Apple has announced that it has already sold one million iPhone 3GS phones in the first weekend of sales, and not only that, Big Cheese Jobs was the one to give the news.

We don't know if this means he's back full time on the Apple Job, but he gave this fairly bland statement in the announcing press 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."

The third coming

The release also said that six million people worldwide have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software, something echoed by O2 when it told TechRadar 'hundreds of thousands of people have downloaded the software, over half our iPhone customers'.

The figure was reached in just 72 hours after the phone went on sale, making it one of the fastest selling handsets of all time.

In many territories it actually outsold the iPhone 3G in first day units shifted, although Apple managed to get more handsets to the shops for this launch, which probably explains the shift.

Apple will be doubly happy after it was revealed it was outselling rival Palm 10 to one in terms of Pre vs iPhone 3GS sales, and it seems that the new iPhone not adding a huge amount of functionality to the Apple pie didn't deter would-be upgraders.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.