Apple has revealed that it sold nine million iPhone 5S and 5C devices in the first three days of availability. The firm also revealed that 200 million devices are now running the iOS 7 operating system.
The two devices went on sale on Friday with fans queuing overnight and for the days leading up to the event to be some of the first to say they owned one of the devices. The demand has been so high that Apple admitted it has struggled to match demand, with orders pushed back by several weeks.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook basked in the glory of a new recording-breaking weekend, as the fervor for the company’s products shows no sign of abating.
“This is our best iPhone launch yet – more than nine million new iPhones sold – a new record for first weekend sales,” he said.
“The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5S, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly.“
He asked for people’s patience while they wait to get hold of the new devices, claiming the firm is “working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone”.
The firm did not give individual sales figures for the iPhone 5C and 5S devices, and had not responded to request a for comment on this information when contacted by V3.
However, it is likely the 5S accounted for many more sales, as it is the flagship new device from the firm and comes with the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
Meanwhile the 5C comes in a raft of colours and with some of the same specifications as the 5S, but at a slightly lower price point. However, it still costs a minimum of £469, which is not likely to help compete in the middle market against Android devices.
The switch to the new iOS 7 operating system was touted as Apple's fastest software update in history, with 200 million devices already running the new, redesigned platform.
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