The iPhone 5C was available for pre-order for quite some time but, for the first time, the iPhone 5S, the company’s flagship, was not. Those who wanted to get their hands on this year’s flagship had to stand in line at Apple stores, together with those who wanted to see the Apple retail experience with the 5C. Both phones were available for purchase starting Friday, September 20.
As usual, Apple published a press release after the first weekend of availability. According to the wording, the company sold more than 9 million iPhones, setting a new record. The two phones were available in a limited number of markets, as of wave-one of the roll-out: US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.
“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook. Sadly, the press release doesn’t mention specifics, especially how many of these nine million devices sold are 5C, and how many 5S phones. What we do know is: “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”, according to the CEO.
Compared to last year, when Apple sold five million iPhone 5 devices over the first weekend, the number is significantly larger. Unless the iPhone 5C sold more than 4 million units, we’re seeing an increased demand in the 5S.
On a side-note, more than 200 million devices are now running iOS 7, which was made available mid-last-week.