Shoppers camped out at stores in seven nations on Friday so they could be first to buy the newest version of Apple’s iPhone.
Listen to VOA’s JulieAnn McKellogg’s report from London
The “iPhone 4s” was developed under the guidance of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died last week after a long battle with cancer.
The new phone offers improved programming, a better camera, and allows users to operate certain functions by talking to the phone.
Analysts tell Bloomberg financial news that the latest iPhone is on track to break Apple sales records. The company reported more than one million early orders.
Apple’s success comes as rival BlackBerry is apologizing for a technical glitch that interrupted service to its widely-used smart phone.
The iPhone 4S went on sale Friday in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.
Apple says it will begin selling the new phone by the end of October in 22 other countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.