July 2, 2007 / 8:38 AM / in 10 years

Apple sold 525,000 iPhones since launch: report

<p>Apple employee Jasmeet Sandhu (R) smiles after selling the new iPhone as Caroline Kim (L) calls for another customer inside the Apple Store in New York June 29, 2007. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) sold about 525,000 iPhones at Apple and AT&T Inc. (T.N) stores in the first weekend since its June 29 launch, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, citing an analyst.

Half of the Apple stores on the U.S. West Coast sold out of the devices on the first day, the report said, citing analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research in San Francisco.

Chowdhry could not immediately be reached for comment. Apple and AT&T were not immediately available.

Piper Jaffray also estimated first-weekend sales of the iPhone at about 500,000, according to cnet.com.

The iPhone, which combines a phone, Web browser and a music player, went on sale on Friday. About 2 percent of buyers have experienced delays in activating their service, a source said on Sunday.

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