Apple has announced that it’s managed to sell more than 5 million iPhone 5 units during the first weekend in which the device was available. The number represents a 25% increase compared to last year’s launch of the iPhone 4S, which only managed 4 million sales in the first weekend.
Pre-orders in the first 24 hours reached 2 million for the iPhone 5, double the amount that its predecessor managed. Because of this, expectations were sky-high for the first weekend sales, yet the iPhone 5 wasn’t able to double the number from 2011.
Still, a 25% increase is healthy for Apple and it should propel the iPhone 5 comfortably in the first position in terms of smartphone sales. After all, Apple’s ‘current’ iPhone is almost always the most sold single smartphone in almost all territories.
For now, the iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. On September 28, it will go on sale in 22 more countries or territories. Apple expects its latest creation to be on the shelves in more than 100 countries by the end of this year.
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