The new iPhone 3G from Apple finally went on sale worldwide today, after being talked about and speculated upon for the last six months. At 00:01 on July 11th, the new 3G iPhone was released in 22 countries, and the Internet has already had its first unboxing and disassembly pictures.
The first person in the world to get their hands on a shop-bought 3G iPhone was Jonny Gladwell, who has been queueing outside the Vodafone shop in Auckland, New Zealand, for the past week. He luckily beat the publicity-seeking morons who have been queueing outside the Apple Cube in New York for over a week.
The iPhone is now on sale in 22 countries, including the US, the UK and Japan. In the US, the 3G iPhone is now on sale in AT&T and Apple stores around the country, with the 8Gb version costing $199, and the 16Gb version costing $299.
In the UK, there are reports of big queues outside the flagship London Apple store in regent’s Street. However, there are also reports of activation problems, with TG Daily claiming 02’s web-based activation system only works with Internet Explorer, and not (rather foolishly) with Apple’s own Safari browser.
As is now tradition, we’ve had our first unboxing, with Ameo claiming to be the first to show an unboxing of both the black, and white versions of the new model. I personally can’t see the appeal with looking at pictures of an iPhone being unboxed, but I’m sure some of you will get a kick out of it.
More intriguing is the first disassembling of a 3G iPhone, which was performed by ifixit. I’m not enough of a geek to understand most of what they are talking about, but some of the new interior styling, and construction methods, seem to be getting them excited, so it must be good.
Overall, it seems that despite some initial installation and software issues, the worldwide release of the 3G iPhone is going well. No country seems to have enough stock to meet the demands, which has got to be good for Apple. Estimates indicate that this new model of the iPhone could be worth about $1 billion in revenue for the company.