In just three days, Apple sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S smartphones, setting another record.
Sales of the device since it launched Friday have far exceeded orders of the iPhone 4S’s predecessor, the iPhone 4.
“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend – the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, in a statement.
The launch also marked the first time Sprint Nextel Corp. had the rights to sell the iPhone. The nation’s No. 3 wireless operator reported a record day of sales on Friday.
“iPhone demand remained very robust through the weekend and calls to outlets across the US and UK showed long lines, strong demand and frequent stock-outs," wrote Deutsche Bank Securities analysts, who contacted 55 Apple retail stores and about 90 authorized carriers in the United States and United Kingdom over the weekend to gauge demand for the iPhone 4S.
The device is being sold today in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. Apple said the iPhone 4S will be available in 22 more countries on Oct. 28.
Global sales could be enormous after the smartphone is distributed to more than 70 countries by the end of the year. Mike Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, estimates that Apple may sell more than 27 million iPhones for the quarter underway and that sales for fiscal 2012 may reach 110 million, Bloomberg reported.
Apple also revealed than more than 25 million customers are using its new mobile operating system, iOS 5, and about 20 million customers are using iCloud, services that wirelessly store content remotely and push it to Apple devices like the iPhone.