by Anton Shilov
09/23/2013 | 10:45 PM
Apple on Monday announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. Analysts previously predicted that the company will only be able to sell from 5 to 7.5 million of iPhones during the launch weekend.
“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,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer.
In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.
While Apple can definitely celebrate a successful launch, it should be noted that the company started to sell new iPhones in China. Previously, product launches in China were delayed compared to the U.S. and Europe. In addition, it should be noted that Apple does not disclose how many 5c and 5s models were actually sold, but presents the total amount of sold products. As a result, it is impossible to determine whether iPhone 5s is more successful than the iPhone 5 or not.
Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.
iPhone 5s comes in gold, silver or space gray, and is available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model with a two-year contract. iPhone 5c comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB model with a two-year contract.