Consumers contribute half a billion dollars to Apple

In a news announcement that absolutely boggles my mind, we find that Apple has sold 1 million iPhones as of today – weeks ahead of their predicted mark of the end of September.

Apple Inc. said Monday it sold its one millionth iPhone on Sunday, just 74 days after its introduction and ahead of its expectations to hit the mark by the end of September.

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Apple shares rose $3.97, or 3 percent to $135.69 in morning trading.

Hey – I’ll admit I screwed up and bought Bioshock on release day. My unwillingness to wait cost me $50. Those of you that bought the iPhone are now on the slowest data network out there, and out $600 (assuming you bought the high-end, which all my amazing readers would certainly do if they bought at all). Sure, Jobs is giving $100 back, but that’s in the form of iTunes credit, so many folks will end up spending more there, giving even more money to Apple.

So while this news baffles me, there’s no denying that Apple has elevated its cult status far beyond the early turn-of-the-century hold it had. And folks out there still can’t wait to stay ahead of others on the gadget train. Check back with me in 2010 – I’ll probably be ready to hope on the iPhone train then. Certainly no sooner, and maybe still not then. But maybe that’s because I still think a phone should be a phone – everything else is fluff.

And hey – the investors like it.  Capitalism clearly knows more than I do.

[tags]WTF, iPhone, Apple, Early adopters, 1 million[/tags]