This despite only selling the new phone in eight countries over the weekend, versus the iPhone 3G launch, where Apple filled retail channels in 21 countries.
Some caveats: Apple started taking pre-orders on June 8, so people had longer to make purchase decisions, and it seems like supply wasn’t as constrained as it was in many locations last year.
But still a very impressive weekend that will result in more than $500 million in revenue — spread over 8 quarters per Apple’s subscription accounting method. Especially considering that many people who upgraded from the iPhone 3G over the weekend had to pay $399 or $499 for their new toy.
Meanwhile, Apple said 6 million customers downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software since it hit the market last Wednesday. With 40 million iPhones and iPod touch models in the market, that’s less than 20% of the devices out there capable of using new features like push notifications and in-app purchasing — which developers have been in no hurry to roll out. But that’ll creep up over time.