Written by: Stephen Withers | Published in: MobilityApple's latest iPhone got off to the expected flying start - more than five million iPhone 5 smartphones were sold over the launch weekend.
Apple (AAPL) said it sold some 9 million new iPhones in the three days since the launch of its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Sept. 20, blowing away the previous record of 5 million sold for the iPhone 5 at that model's kickoff weekend last year.
The last time Apple (AAPL) simultaneously introduced two new iPhones, the 5S and 5C, the vendor sold 9 million units. But now it’s outdone itself again, topping the prior high-water mark to reach 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones sold in the first three days of sales.
Apple has just issued a press release revealing it sold 9M iPhones during the launch weekend of its iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As is typical for the company with new hardware, it hasn’t broken out individual model sales, but other signals point to a stronger debut weekend for the higher-end iPhone 5s than for the 5c.
With Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available to customers in the vendor’s retail stores at 8 a.m. Pacific Friday and 24-hour pre-orders for the smartphones standing at a record 4 million, the big question is, Will we see more than 9 million units sold over the weekend?
Verizon reported earnings this morning with some nice profits, but the more interesting tidbit was from their conference call in which they announced 5.9 million smartphones were sold in the 2nd quarter. Of that total, 2.7 million were iPhones (down from 3.2 million sold in the 1st quarter).
If initial Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 5 sales are any measure, the vendor appears to be making headway in the China market. Apple disclosed that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5 smartphones since the unit’s launch on Dec. 14, exceeding its prior product kickoff performances in China.