updated 03:45 pm EDT, Fri July 16, 2010
Antenna problems having negligible impact
As a part of the press event announcing a response to iPhone 4 reception problems, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today revealed that the company has sold "well over" 3 million iPhone 4s in a space of just three weeks. The company typically keeps quiet on sales numbers until major milestones or regularly-scheduled keynotes and conference calls. The last sales figure the company published was the record 1.7 million sold in three days.
Jobs employed the number to reinforce the success of the new iPhone and to diminish the impact of reception complaints. Indeed the sales are high enough that media controversy appears to have had no effect, although it intensified only on Monday, when Consumer Reports advised against buying the device. Since then CNN, Fox News and other major news outlets have drawn attention to the iPhone's reception flaws.