1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets sold in three days

iPhone 4 represents Apple's strongest launch to date.

iPhone 4 represents Apple's strongest launch to date.

Apple today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is well pleased:

"This is the most successful product launch in Apple's history. Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."

No word on the issues that customers are reporting.

I believe that there's always a strong correlation between sales and reported issues, and the iPhone 4 is no exception. The 1.7 million sales would explain why I've received several dozen emails from new iPhone 4 owners outlining a series of problems, ranging from poor reception to scratches and weak glass which shatters from even small drops.

Given these high sales, I hope that Apple issues some kind of statement on these issues within 14 days so that users have a chance to return the handset if they're not happy with whatever solution Apple comes up with. I'm not convinced by the rumors that the antenna issue can be fixed by a software update - at least until i see such an update in action.