Apple sells 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units in the first weekend
Everyone in the blogosphere and the media has been wondering (and speculating on) how well Apple’s new phones have done in terms of sales in their first weekend of availability (they went on sale on September 20, which was last Friday). And the Cupertino company did not disappoint, putting out a press release on the matter not long ago.
You can probably say that the new iPhones have done very well for Apple, with combined sales reaching 9 million. Of course the company touts this as a record, which it is – but, there are a few important caveats. First of all, this is the first time ever when Apple launches two new phones at the same time. Second, the number of countries that got into that first wave of availability this time around was 11. Last year, the iPhone 5 hit 5 million sales in its first weekend in just 9 countries.
So with some creative accounting, Apple’s calling this a record. Which it undoubtedly is, since we don’t know of any other smartphone maker able to move 9 million units in three days, even if we’re talking about two separate devices here. But when you compare this number to the 5 million from last year, remember those were all the same handset – the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5S is sold out in most places, but Apple is promising to have it back in stock as soon as possible. Many online orders are scheduled to ship in “the coming weeks”.
Apple’s also busy touting the iOS7 upgrade to be the fastest one in history, with over 200 million devices already running the latest (and most colorful) iteration of the software, after just five days of availability.