Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4s in three days

Apple has sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in three days according to Steve Jobs.

In a statement, the charismatic leader of the Church of Apple decreed: "This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. Even so, we apologise to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”

We wouldn't like to guess how many fancy handsets the Cupertino company could have shifted if its stores weren't staffed my incompetent buffoons who spent more time rearranging the crowd control barriers than serving customers, if our experience at the Apple Store in Milton Keynes is anything to go by.

Our appeals that we were very important people and that we shouldn't have to wait in line with the rest of the sheep also fell on deaf ears. Sulking and complaining loudly to anyone prepared to listen didn't work either.

The sales figures don't include units shifted on Sunday, so the eventual total for the long weekend could be 2 million or more.

Most Apple stores are now completely sold out and won't reveal when new stocks will be arriving. Partner stores like Carphone Warehouse and O2 sold out on the first day.

Apple UK's online store is currently quoting delivery times in excess of three weeks for both 16GB and 32GB models in black only. The legendary white iPhone 4 has yet to materialise.