Apple sells more than 4 million new iPhones in 3 days

Oct 17 2011 - 5:18pm

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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, the Leon Guerrero family, on vacation from Dallas, show off their new Apple iPhone 4S phones they purchased at a Sprint store in San Francisco. Apple said Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, it sold more than 4 million units of the new iPhone model in three days. It's selling more than twice as fast as the previous model did when it launched last year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - Mikki Manfredonia of San Francisco, reacts after seeing her new Apple iPhone 4s she purchased at a Sprint store in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Manfredonia waited from 5am to become the first person in line and was switching from a Blackberry to the iPhone. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. The iPhone 4S, which went on sale in seven countries, is faster and comes with better software and an improved camera. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - People line up to purchase an Apple iPhone 4S at a Sprint store in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. The iPhone 4S, which went on sale in seven countries, is faster and comes with better software and an improved camera. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - A line of people, wanting to purchase the new Apple iPhone 4S, wait in line for a Sprint store to open in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - People wait in line and fill a Sprint store to purchase the new Apple iPhone 4S in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, the Leon Guerrero family, on vacation from Dallas, show off their new Apple iPhone 4S phones they purchased at a Sprint store in San Francisco. Apple said Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, it sold more than 4 million units of the new iPhone model in three days. It's selling more than twice as fast as the previous model did when it launched last year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - Mikki Manfredonia of San Francisco, reacts after seeing her new Apple iPhone 4s she purchased at a Sprint store in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Manfredonia waited from 5am to become the first person in line and was switching from a Blackberry to the iPhone. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. The iPhone 4S, which went on sale in seven countries, is faster and comes with better software and an improved camera. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - People line up to purchase an Apple iPhone 4S at a Sprint store in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. The iPhone 4S, which went on sale in seven countries, is faster and comes with better software and an improved camera. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - A line of people, wanting to purchase the new Apple iPhone 4S, wait in line for a Sprint store to open in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - People wait in line and fill a Sprint store to purchase the new Apple iPhone 4S in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Inc.'s newest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, topped sales of 4 million in its first three days of release, more than doubling the debut of its predecessor and setting a record for a mobile phone, according to the company.

Apple announced Monday that the iPhone 4S -- which outwardly resembles the iPhone 4 model but has a faster processor, better camera and new voice-recognition software called Siri -- had already surpassed the 4 million mark after being introduced Friday. When the iPhone 4 was released in 2010, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant announced it sold 1.7 million of the devices in the first three days, though some stores ran out of the devices during the iPhone 4 launch.

The opening weekend of the latest model set a record, according to Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

"iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than 4 million sold in its first weekend -- the most ever for a phone," Schiller said in the news release.

The large total is not a surprise to those who waited for hours at Apple stores to buy the new product. Friday's launch created huge lines at Apple stores as customers paid respects to recently deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs while waiting to buy the latest gadget from the company he helped make one of the most valuable in the United States.

Apple also announced that two other new offerings that launched last week have attracted large followings: iOS 5, the company's new operating system for mobile devices, is now being used by more than 25 million people; and iCloud, cloud-based storage of electronic data for use on connected Apple products, has received 20 million subscriptions. Both products launched on Wednesday.

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