updated 02:25 pm EST, Tue December 30, 2008
iPhone use during Xmas
Adding to recent iPod figures, new data suggests that the iPhone sold well throughout the Christmas shopping season as well. During the week of Christmas, iPhone browser share is said to have risen 35.7 percent over the week before, reaching 0.57 percent of all browser use. This figure is also more than 50 percent higher than the average iPhone share in November, which was 0.37 percent.
The surge in use is being generally attributed to people receiving iPhones for the first time, although it may also be reflective of more spare time for existing owners, and/or less time and inclination to use a computer's browser. Evidence for high sales comes mainly from a dramatic rise in activity at the App Store, and anecdotal sightings of increased ownership.