Well so much for those reports that demand for the new iPhones was low. Apple has announced it has sold nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models in three days.
The company added that demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply, and many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.
“This is our best iPhone launch yet–more than nine million new iPhones sold–a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Reading between the lines it seems that the growth has been powered by the iPhone 5s and that the iPhone 5c has been a slower burner. The interesting part is whether sales of the 5c creep up as times goes by. Apple diehards would want the higher specced 5s at launch, but it could be that the cheaper 5c attracts a wider audience as time goes by.
To put the figure in some kind of perspective Samsung sold around 20 million Galaxy S4s within a couple of months of its launch.