Nine million iPhones sold over the first weekend

Nine million iPhone sold over the first weekend

A record nine million iPhone 5s and 5c devices were sold over the first weekend of them being available, a statement from Apple has revealed.

Stores across the country sold out of the iPhone 5s on the first day that the phone was released, with the gold version being particular popular among buyers. Although many mobile phone networks complained that they had not received enough stock from Apple, the American supergiant has confirmed that stock levels are being replenished on a continual basis.

The statement read: "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."

Apple hasn’t broken down the nine million sales into separate figures for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, though it is expected that the flagship 5s is responsible for the record number of sales.

The iPhone 5c, Apple’s slightly cheaper iPhone, was made available for pre-order on Friday 13th September, a week before the iPhone 5s was released into the market. However, the crowds of Apple fans lining the streets eager to get their hands on the 5s suggested that the 5c might be slightly lagging behind the premium flagship model.

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel