Apple Sells Too Many IPhones

Posted: Jul 22 2009, 8:30am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 3:26pm CDT , in Apple


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Yesterday Apple announced Q3 iPhone sales of over 5.2 million. That's a staggering number, especially considering the relatively short span of time it happened in. As it turns out, iPhone sales surprised more than just tech journalists, they surprised Apple itself. The Cupertino-based company is having difficulty producing enough iPhones to keep up with demand.

Apple COO Tim Cook admitted yesterday that Apple is currently, "unable to make enough 3GSs to meet demand." As a response, sales of the 3GS have been limited to just 18 launch countries, as opposed to the 80 nations in total that sell iPhones. Apple hopes to have a handle on things by September, which will allow them to start selling the 3GS worldwide.

Cook also stated that 80 countries was only the beginning, and that Apple one day hopes to be able to offer their products worldwide. The first big step towards that is obviously China. Cook stated his hopes for a launch there within the next year. He also denied any rumors of friction between AT&T and Apple, and brushed over answering any questions about whether or not Apple was looking at new carriers.

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