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.