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First Weekend iPhone Sales Top Nine Million

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That's a lot of iPhones.

Apple has announced that its new iPhones have sold almost nine million units in the first weekend of availability. Apple first announced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on September 10 and released the phones a week and a half later. Now, three days after the new iPhones launched, the Cupertino-based company is talking numbers.

 

Apple this morning announced that it had sold nine million iPhones over the weekend, which it's calling a new record. One could argue that this isn't exactly fair, given this is the first year Apple has launched two new iPhone models on the same day, but Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn't see it that way.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales," said Tim Cook. "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."

Apple also revealed that iOS 7 is now running on 200 million iOS devices. This is apparently the fasted software upgrade in history. Apple did not provide a breakdown of devices running iOS 7, nor did it say how many of the nine million iPhones sold were iPhone 5Cs or iPhone 5Ses.

 

The iPhone 5S runs on Apple's A6 SoC and features a 4-inch retina display, integrated touch, full sRGB, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, a new Facetime HD camera with improved low-light functionality, dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, more LTE bands than any other phone, and is available in pink, yellow, green, blue and white. The iPhone 5S packs Apple's new A7 SoC and is the world's first 64-bit phone. It also features a 4-inch retina display, an improved 8-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for FaceTime, and fingerprint authentication in the form of Touch ID.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are currently only available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Apple plans to launch the phones in over 100 countries by December of this year.

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    beta212 , September 23, 2013 7:38 PM
    Apple being Apple, this probably includes all the phones sold to the carriers too.
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    edogawa , September 23, 2013 7:48 PM
    Nothing new here, pass along, just Apples yearly pastoral farming of their stock.
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    maxiim , September 23, 2013 7:59 PM
    No wonder the world is turning to shit....current issues for todays youngsters are iphone release dates
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    masmotors , September 23, 2013 8:07 PM
    boring who need sto watch youtube all day
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    Azn Cracker , September 23, 2013 8:14 PM
    I personally don't have an iphone, but is there really any reason to upgrade from an iphone 5 or a 4s from that matter? Sure its a little faster and has a better camera but what else? The fingerprint scanner is a joke because that can be easily bypassed by lifting the fingerprints off the phone. Also the 5c is just an iphone 5 in colorful plastic. Please try harder apple.
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    mman74 , September 23, 2013 8:16 PM
    This isn't going to last. Most of these people are existing users replacing 4, 4S, 5. They've waited long enough, hence the immediate buy. I would be more impressed when they release next month's figures.
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    Blessedman , September 23, 2013 9:54 PM
    No one is going to rip on her for butchering the article? I love you Jane (no seriously) but the 5s can't be both phones at the same time!
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    Blessedman , September 23, 2013 9:55 PM
    No one is going to rip on her for butchering the article? I love you Jane (no seriously) but the 5s can't be both phones at the same time!
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    Duckhunt , September 23, 2013 10:22 PM
    i saw a guy on the subway licking his iphone5. I think it must be really cool to have ( sarcasm).
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    kinggremlin , September 23, 2013 10:47 PM
    Apple is one of the smartest companies this planet has ever seen. I have never owned an Apple product, and likely never will. But, the fact that they can sell 9 million units of something that is this expensive and just isn't that interesting or class leading any more with no compelling features to upgrade to in just 3 days is astonishing.
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    sonofliberty08 , September 23, 2013 10:56 PM
    Quote:
    Apple is one of the smartest companies this planet has ever seen. I have never owned an Apple product, and likely never will. But, the fact that they can sell 9 million units of something that is this expensive and just isn't that interesting or class leading any more with no compelling features to upgrade to in just 3 days is astonishing.


    Apple was the king of hype and brain washing, Apple was kind of religious rite now......
    According to what the iSheep believes, Lord Steve Jobs was not the fresh and blood human beings, he was the extraterrestrial came to earth from the universe, with super human ability or technology, he invented everything on this planet.
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    lpedraja2002 , September 23, 2013 11:58 PM
    Quote:
    I personally don't have an iphone, but is there really any reason to upgrade from an iphone 5 or a 4s from that matter? Sure its a little faster and has a better camera but what else? The fingerprint scanner is a joke because that can be easily bypassed by lifting the fingerprints off the phone. Also the 5c is just an iphone 5 in colorful plastic. Please try harder apple.


    If you really want to backup your claim, there are already sites offering lots of rewards to the first hackers who manage to crack the fingerprint scanner on the new iphone. Otherwise, don't assume that because you saw it on mythbusters that its also possible to replicate it.

    *EDIT*
    Lol, I just read the news, the fingerprint scanner got hacked ala Mythbusters style hahaha.

    As for upgrading, I guess some people are stuck with iPhone 4 or other slower android phone and they want to try an Apple product. I for one started with an LG Optimus 7 which I adored but it got the dreaded stuck on boot screen issue and I've been using an iPhone 4 while I wait for the HTC One to lower in price. As for the iPhone it is a great phone, a lot of bias I had against it went away after having to live with it for months. I suggest you do the same, if you haven't tried one already.
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    echozero , September 24, 2013 12:22 AM
    Didn't Toms report that Iphone fingerprint reader may already be hacked as well?

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-touchid-hack,news-17586.html
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    Larry Bob , September 24, 2013 3:24 AM
    The only reason they "ran out of stock" (considering they've had sprees like this at every iPhone launch) was because they created an artificial demand to make people want the new iPhone more. If they had enough stock it wouldn't be as "magical" when you finally got one.

    Apple logic.
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    wemakeourfuture , September 24, 2013 6:03 AM
    Numbers that make all the manufacturers jealous.
    5S is a great upgrade from 4/4S. Is it ideal screensize, probably not, that's coming with the 6.

    But having way faster hardware, 64 bit processor, everything is substantially faster, better camera and flash. There's plenty of reasons to upgrade.

    I will be, and so will 2 other of my colleagues (Software Architect and Software Developer [Java]). and other family members will be upgrading.

    To all those who think people with iPhones don't know technology, products, don't do research that's complete B.S.

    I know many people like myself well versed in computer technologies either from a software or hardware level, CS degrees who simply have a long list of reasons to prefer iPhones over Android phones and we don't really need to justify it to anyone else but we can.

    Our marginal utility for an iPhone is higher than a S4 or Note 2/3.
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    rocker19943 , September 24, 2013 9:02 AM
    This device becomes more boring because every 5th has it
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    khubani , September 24, 2013 9:53 AM
    Why is this phone popular? Because we can swipe our finger across the screen differently?
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    robochump , September 24, 2013 12:15 PM
    Surprised the iHaters didnt say article writer is paid by Apple...lol. 9M SOLD not shipped people, this isnt Samsung. iP5S is now available to copy :) 
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    HKILLER , September 24, 2013 12:27 PM
    Apple Consumers=iZOMBIE
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    house70 , October 4, 2013 2:59 PM
    Well, I guess that makes 9 million people that are angry about the borked sensors in iP5S.
    I am not surprised this info has not made it's way to TH. They can't let something "minor" like that spoil their iGasm.