Apple has announced that it has sold more than 1.7 million iPhone 4 in the three days of sale, a figure that makes it the fastest selling mobile handset of all times, a leap from the million or so handsets that its predecessors, the iPhone 3G and 3GS, reached in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Below is a chart depicting how the iPhone 4 fared compared to some of the other iconic Apple products including the iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, the iPad as well as the iPod and three other popular products, the Nintendo DS, the Sony Playstation 2 and the Nokia 1100.
The latter was included because it is simply the most popular mobile handset (and electronic device) on the planet with more than 300 million units sold to date.
Arguably, our data comes from a number of (verified) sources and in some cases, we have had to normalised figures in order to produce our chart.
Notes : We've looked for the earliest statements available in each case regarding the product sales. 1.41 million Sony PS2 consoles were sold in the first 27 days in Japan alone (opens in new tab). More than 100 million Nokia 1100 were sold in the first 28 months of sales (which started in late 2003).
A mere 2 million iPod media players were sold in the first 35 months (yes, more than 1000 days). 2.84 million Nintendo DS were purchased in the first 40 days.