iPhone 4 becomes most successful product launch for Apple

The California, Cupertino-based tech giant, Apple Inc., today gave some insight into sales figures for its new iPhone 4 device.

The company says it has sold 1.7-million iPhone 4 devices in only three days after it started selling the phones on June 24, making the iPhone 4 the most successful product launch in the firms history.

The iPhone launched in the United States, among select European nations, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom on June 24. The iPhone 4 is set to launch in Canada some time in July, as confirmed by Apple, where the phone is also hugely anticipated and also expected to top previous sales records.

The preceding iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS, thought to be hugely successful, sold 1-million devices in seven days.

The new iPhone 4 features a high quality 5mp camera, including new video conferencing between other iPhone 4 users (although that functionality will be expanded as developers utilize APIs to add camera support in their applications) via FaceTime, 720p HD video recording, 1GHz Apple A4 processor, 512MB RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage, an improved iOS 4, among other features.

Despite the strong demand, early reports indicate the new iPhone 4 is having minor connectivity issues, as it is very sensitive as to where users can hold the phone during a call. Apparently, for some, holding the phone by the lower ends results in very poor signal causing the phone to lose connectivity due to attenuation.

The telecom Orange in Europe has already delayed the launch of the iPhone 4 due specifically to the reception issue.

It is unclear if Apple will make any changes to address the issue by releasing a software update.

A recall is not expected, although the company could slightly alter the internal design of future production models.

One limitation (should we even call it that?) of the iPhone 4 is that it does not support Adobe Flash, a web platform that is used by millions of websites to deliver rich dynamic web content.

Apple says it has no plans to add Flash support, instead favoring HTML5, among other reasons being cited by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs in a blog post.

The strong demand for iPhone 4 clearly shows consumers are not as concerned that their new handset does not support the platform.

The Apple stock (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trading almost at par from its opening price at $266.17 in early morning trading.


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