The iPhone 5, probably the most controversial of Apple’s smartphones — though “the biggest thing to happen to iPhone since the iPhone” — went on sale in nine select markets around the world (US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK) on September 21, three and a half days ago; Apple reported two million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of the pre-order period and are now proud to announce five million units sold over the weekend.
While Apple sold five million iPhone 5s over the past three days, in comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S III sold ten million units in a little less than two months (they’re now at 20 million after a little more than three months and counting). The iPhone 5 will become available in 22 additional countries this week on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year so we can expect more sales numbers towards the end of this quarter.
“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
Additionally, more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6 since it became available, with all the pluses and minuses, on September 19.