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Number one with a bullet

Despite the usual kneejerk naysaying from ADS sufferers (very similar to BDS, but slightly more inexplicable – ahem), it looks like Apple’s done it again:

Apple over the weekend sold more than 700,000 iPhones to rocket past analyst predictions and shatter AT&T’s record by selling more iPhones in three days than Motorola’s RAZR did in its first month. Apple’s supply of iPhones depleted at more than half of its retail stores less than a week after the cellular handset hit shelves at 6:00 p.m. ET last Friday night. Buyers cleared out both Apple and AT&T stores in 10 states, with 95 of 164 stores selling out on Monday night, according to Bloomberg. Apple stores located in Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington state sold their entire stock of iPhones yesterday, and AT&T sold its entire stock at almost all of its 1,800 stores.

The near nationwide sellout came after AT&T reported over one million inquiries about the iPhone via its website shortly after the device debuted at Macworld 2007 in January. Shortly afterward, AT&T’s CEO predicted “the largest commercial product launch in the history of electronics.”

Research firm American Technology Research yesterday predicted that the iPhone would likely become the company’s fastest selling product in history after reviewing initial sales numbers, and even speculated that the iPhone could rank among the fastest selling consumer electronics.

At the restaurant where I had dinner last night, a guy at the next table was showing off his new iPhone, and I gotta admit it: even though I’m not terribly fashion-forward when it comes to cell phones/PDA’s/whatever you want to call ’em, and can think of lots of things I’d rather spend 600 bucks on, I was gawking like a schoolboy, just like everybody else in the immediate vicinity. The thing was a lot slimmer than I had thought it would be, too. Honestly, it looked pretty damned cool.

And another thought: I really need to get me some shares of Apple stock.

Conversely, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in mid-January laughed at Apple’s iPhone, saying that the device isn’t very useful for business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard. Ballmer also gawked at the iPhone’s high price, calling it the most expensive phone in the world.

After pointing to Microsoft’s software on “millions and millions” of phones alongside Apple’s “zero” in the market place, Ballmer hinted that Apple’s most expensive phone might not fair well as the company’s first cellphone offering.

Hey Steve, shouldn’t you be checking for another antivirus software update, or reinstalling Winbloze yet again, or rebooting, or tearing your hair out by the roots, or something?

(Via AP)

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6 thoughts on “Number one with a bullet

  1. To be honest, if I had that kind of money to blow, I’d get a new computer (Maybe even a Mac Mini, since my primary complaint about Mac has been well addressed, and I can get .edu discounts). This one is driving me batshit.

  2. Oh, and remind me to tell y’all sometime about my simply perfect experience with the Apple Store getting my internal power supply replaced — out of warranty, four year old machine — for free, in about a minute and a half, with no hesitation or hassle whatever. Since Apple stuff hardly ever breaks, over the years I’ve had occasion to deal with customer service/repair only twice. But both times the experience has been…well, perfect.

    And then remind my wife to tell you about her experience with customer service on getting a brand-new, dead Dell fixed. The initial inquiry wound up with her slamming the phone down after having been called, literally and in so many words, a “liar and a bitch.”

    Yeah, I know; anecdotal, can’t extrapolate or generalize, not proof of anything. But I can tell you this: I will never, ever buy another brand of computer. Period.

  3. Ah, America. Where even an underfunctional piece of garbage like the Apple iCrap can be a best seller with enough hype, even if it does only have one mouse button.

    I jest, I jest!

    My next computer will probably be an Apple, what with Boot Camp, and all. My next phone? Just bought it, it’s a RAZR of some sort, thanks. All that extra money I saved (over $400 after rebates) will go to purchase whatever gizmos I need for the extra functionality I would have gained from an iPhone. I reckon I’ll have at least, oh, $400 left over after that, since I don’t need most of that shit anyway.

    Happy Independence Day!

  4. Yeah, that’s essentially my problem with the iPhone, Randy; I don’t use most of the features of the two-three year old Motorola something-or-other I have now. All I really need a phone to do is make calls. I spend quite enough of my days on the internet as it is, and I already have a digital camera. So….I dunno. But then again, like I said, I ain’t exactly cutting-edge when it comes to that stuff, so I ain’t really the target market here. A pretty neat-looking gadget to be sure, and if I had 600 smacks just to throw away, well, maybe. But these days 600 bucks will buy a truly astonishing amount of guitar…

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