Apple has another hit on their hands with the iPhone as more than 500,000 people purchased an iPhone during the first weekend the iPhone was released. This estimate surpassed many if not most people’s estimates.
AT&T was one such company that did not expect that successful of a launch as overloaded servers have been blamed for activation problems reported by several iPhone owners. “We are working on any issues on an individual basis with customers who were impacted,” AT&T spokesman Michael Coe said.
This was definitely an impressive launch for a $600 gadget phone, but the real test of the iPhone will be time as we move into 2008 and then 2009. Bloomberg estimates that 1/3 of Apple’s sales will be from the iPhone in 2009 which will overtake the slumping iPod sales (only a 24% growth from last years number after Q2 whereas Macs saw a more generous 36% growth). Currently the iPod makes up a third of all Apple sales.