Just three days into the launch of the new iPhones, Apple has confirmed that the new phones have jointly sold a staggering 9 million units! This of course means that the previous record held by the iPhone 5 – last year has been broken. Back in 2012, the iPhone 5 had managed to sell over 5 million units in the first three days since its launch. This year, Apple has bettered that record by a significant margin.
Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier today revealed the numbers in a press release in which he also adds that the company has run out of its initial stock of iPhones thanks to the demand.
This is our best iPhone launch yet?more than nine million new iPhones sold?a new record for first weekend sales. 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. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.
There is no clarity however as to what model of the iPhone is being sold more. As you already know, the iPhone launch this year was quite different from the yesteryears owing to the fact that Apple actually introduced two new iPhone models – the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. This is unlike Apple’s one phone a year approach since 2007.
The press release also states that iOS seven now has seen an install base of 200 million users – just days from its release. Apple claims that this is the fastest software upgrade in history!
As for the iPhone, we might as well add here that unlike previous years, this years iPhone launch also sees the introduction of China as a Tier 1 market where the iPhone was launched during the first phase of its roll out. This might explain the surge in sales figures. Traditionally China has seen a very delayed launch of the iPhone. Not this time, though.