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:



source: Apple

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126 Comments

1. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

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

20. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

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

34. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 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?

36. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Especially the gold one. +1

83. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

91. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

98. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

123. Mxyzptlk unregistered

32GB for me

99. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

101. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go for it bro +1

53. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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

122. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 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.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwnnnnn

57. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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

104. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yaaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnn the sequel

111. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

iFan response part deux

119. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Spoken like a true hater, lol. Well done

115. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

121. Mr.Verizon

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 12, 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

40. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

50. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 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...

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 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!

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

27. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

70. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

105. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the main shortage was the gold ones goog.

28. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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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