June 26, 2009

Huge weekend for new iPhone; Jobs returns to storm of controversy

The lines for the new iPhone may not have been as long as they were for last year's model, but the weekend tally for the 3GS -- more than million sold, according to Apple -- was no less impressive than the initial three-day total for the iPhone 3G, and easily dwarfed the estimated 50,ooo-odd Palm Pres sold during its June 6 opening weekend. (Sounds like we're talking about summer movie grosses, right?) As I suspected, it looks like the majority of iPhone 3GS shoppers elected to pre-order rather than wait in line at brick-and-mortar Apple and AT&T stores. That said, Apple's weekend wasn't without its glitches; many customers (myself included) complained of activation woes, and Apple ended up handing out $30 store credits to make up for the trouble.

Meanwhile: Steve Jobs was reportedly back in the office this week, but he caught all kinds of flack after his liver transplant was revealed, raising questions of whether he jumped the transplant queue and why shareholders weren't told of his (apparently life-threatening) condition.

Also this week: I finally got some hands-on time with the PSP Go; the online fashion experts at Trunk Club give my closet a much-needed makeover; the first iPhone porn app appears, then gets yanked; HTC makes a splash with its new, Android-powered Hero smartphone; and I chronicle my month with the diminutive HP Mini netbook from Verizon Wireless.

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