Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones on the opening weekend, although it did not divulge the split in sales between the two devices. The figure is higher than the nine million opening-day sales of the iPhone 5S and 5C last year.
Apple had already announced that preorders totalled four million for the much sought-after phones, which saw eager fans queuing for many days before they became available.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company “couldn’t be happier” with the huge sales.
“We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin,” he said, although a lack of devices stopped the number being higher.
“While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”
The figure will no doubt climb higher as more devices are manufactured, with stock low for most models of both devices, such as the 64GB and 128GB models of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7in screen and runs the new iOS 8 operating system. The iPhone 6 Plus has an even larger 5.5in screen. Both devices also have the new Apple Pay system that uses near-field communication (NFC) technology, and are the first Apple smartphones to feature this capability.
Both devices come in three storage options – 16GB, 64GB and 128GB – and the three colour options are gold, space grey and silver.
Pricing for the iPhone 6 handset range is either £539, £619 or £699 relative to the storage option chosen, while the iPhone 6 Plus is either £619, £699 or £789, again dependent on storage. Contract pricing from operators varies.
Furthermore, Apple's new devices will go on sale in another 22 nations on Friday 26 September, which will no doubt help boost sales even higher as fans in those countries flock to buy the new devices.
One notable country missing from the current rollout schedule is China, which is a vital market for Apple's overall growth. No date for availability in China has yet been announced.
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