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Apple sets new record: 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c sold, iOS 7 'fastest software upgrade in history'

Apple sets new record: 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c sold, iOS 7 'fastest software upgrade in history'
Apple just went on record, announcing the traditional launch weekend sales report of the new iPhone model. This year it combines both the flagship iPhone 5s with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new camera mojo, as well as the flashy plastic iPhone 5c, which sells for twice less on contract.

This time Cupertino broke its own sales record by a huge margin, reporting that it moved 9 million of the handsets, most of those since Friday. The previous record was, you guessed it, the iPhone 5 last year, with 5 million of those sold in the first three days after launch. 

Now, we have to account that this time Apple is selling two models at various price points, but judging from the 3:1 activation ratio numbers that Localytics just posted, the iPhone 5s should have sold about 7 million, while the 5c chips in with roughly 2 million units.

Apple's shares are up to 6% premarket, and the folks at Cupertino also reported that over 200 million devices are already running iOS 7, "making it the fastest software upgrade in history". 

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, who personally was meeting and greeting people buying the new iPhones at the Palo Lato store over the weekend, did a little song and dance:

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.

+- Press Release

source: Apple

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:14 5

1. greathero1 (Posts: 566; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Say it ain't so lol! Queue in the flame war in 3, 2, 1..........

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:37 15

20. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Yeah lol. I smell haters everywhere. I say good for Apple.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:06 16

34. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"Over the last three days, Apple sold a combined 9 million iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units,"

Same and same lie flooded all over the tech media. LOL

Does they forget , that 5C was on sale 10 days ago????

"Over the last three days" was only 5S version.

Why Apple didn't announce the split numbers? Besides , SHIPPING to the US carriers , and upgrading US zombies contracts, doesn't mean much. Right?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:11 15

36. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You sound mad bro. Give credit to where it's due. You will not see any other company sell this many phones in 3 days. It'll only be the iPhone 6 that will beat this record.

Imagine how many more they could have sold if they didn't run out of the 5S after a few minutes.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:40 10

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Especially the gold one. +1

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:36 7

83. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I canceled my order for the silver one. I'm going for the gold.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:44 4

91. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The gold one looks the best. 16, 32 or 64GB?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:02

98. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I think that "Space Gray" looks better. :)

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 17:39

123. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


32GB for me

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:04 2

99. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I have heard that gold one is very popular between gypsies.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:11 1

101. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Go for it bro +1

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:46

53. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


It's part of the roll out that you have to sell out... We in one if the top stores got 20sn only black... So it was set from the start to have it this build a hype... I don't hate them congrats for the records congrats you will once again beat this record with 5.2 iPhone 6 comes out next year making three models... I just don't like them that's all

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 16:09

122. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


True, Apple knows how to market. Adding Gold colour was the key. and instead of keeping old iphone5, making "New" but adding colours and saying its cheap when its exactly same price. well its like running in loop. and apple fans get caught in it.
sorry apple fan, you play with fire, you will get burned.
apple making money and rippling people off with same old thing.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:39 5

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwnnnnn

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:05 3

57. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


9 million iFans are responsible for the 700 million iOS devices PA reported last week. Let the iFans have their day, this was nearly all of them lining up for another version of the same phone and iPad they already own for like the 7th time

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:13 2

104. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnn the sequel

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 12:38 3

111. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


iFan response part deux

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 14:36

119. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Spoken like a true hater, lol. Well done

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 13:35

115. tacarat (Posts: 785; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


I'm more curious about the China/rest of the world sales ratio. That's where so many gold models went, after all. The announcement was probably worded to drum up the stock price (plus they're both "new" models anyhow). What was the i5 vs 4S split last year? Curious.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:30

121. Mr.Verizon (Posts: 23; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Whats surprising about 9 million? They release a phone once a year ( in this case 2). Its a compounding number that is SUPPOSED to get bigger as their customer base grows (even a little bit) and now that all carriers get at same time every body can sync upgrades every 2 years for new one. impressive? Sort of but its to be expected at this point people. It would be surprising if apple wasnt only maker of iOS devices. Maybe this will bump their global smartphone market share up a few % from its current 13%. Though I have to knock the fingerprint scanner than phones a few years ago used. Yes the prob did it better than Motorola but its still not innovative like they say

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:15 4

40. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Apple pulls the fastest software update... And BlackBerry can't put its BBM in Android / Apple markets... how sad

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:43 1

50. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I love their favorite line "this is our best iPhone lunch ever" this is best iPhone yet. This our best will one day go this your worst lunch ever...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:14 24

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


But but but..that fandroid guy said that it'll not sell well and that Apple is dead. Did he lie....again???

9M is freaking awesome number and only accomplished in 3 days. Higher than some android/MS manufacturers sold...combined!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:29 11

13. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Now you're just making stuff up. Everyone knows the iphone's will sell well and break all kinds of records. Some people just don't understand why, and yes I am one of them. But if the iphone does it for them, great for them.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:43 3

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


WM whatup bro? I was kinda shocked at 9Mil, I was thinking more like 6, due to the gold shortage.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:54 3

27. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


What's up newlywed, lol! I think a black and gold would have been a killer to! That's one tend (gold color) I hope other oems copy.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:10 5

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep lol, finally bro...married man. As a steelers fan I'd have loved that color option too, maybe next year. Steelers are horrible this year too lol.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:20

70. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


For me, no surprises. Every year shows an increase, it makes sense.

Did they ever post how many units they said they were short for supply reasons? I'm guessing they weren't shorted as much as the articles made out.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:19

105. darkkjedii (Posts: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I think the main shortage was the gold ones goog.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 08:55 3

28. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I'm with you on this one. More power to Apple. Obviously their marketing team does well. At the same time people complain that the iphone is pretty much the same year after year. But why change it if your making billions on the same old thing. If it's not broke, don't fix it.

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