Despite insanely long lines, device shortages at AT&T stores, and the massive failing of iTunes servers that led to a bunch of bricked iPhones on launch day, Apple claims to have sold a cool one million iPhone 3Gs during launch weekend. By contrast, it took 74 days to sell a million of the original iPhones. That brings Apple to some 7 million iPhones sold since the original model's launch last June, which puts them right on track to hit their self-professed goal of 10 M total sales by the end of 2008.
Beyond that, Apple says that ten million applications were downloaded from the new App Store between last Friday and Sunday. The App Store lets iPhone and iPod Touch users extend their devices' functionality by downloading free and paid software spanning categories from games to social networking to communications. While the idea of user-installable software is nothing new to smartphone owners, Apple's App Store brings 3rd party programs to iPhone owners to the first time -- excepting the "Jailbreaking" community, which has been developing and running 3rd party iPhone/iPod Touch apps for almost a year now.
The App Store launched with some 520+ applications. Owners of first-generation iPhones can use the store after upgrading their devices to the newest iPhone Software version 2.0.