Apple sold more than nine million new iPhone 5S and 5C models this weekend due to high demand to break a sales record. Apple announced that it has sold 9 million new iPhone 5S and 5C models since the phones became available on Friday.
The statement from Apple does not indicate the specific sales numbers for each phone, though The Verge reports that analytics firm Localytics says the 5s outsold the 5c three to one. Apple also said that more than 200 million users are now using the company’s new operating system, iOS 7, released last week
Sales of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models have surpassed other releases and exceeded initial supply, Apple says “This is our best iPhone launch yet — more than nine million new iPhones sold — a new record for first weekend sales,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. Last September, Apple sold more than five million iPhone 5 its first weekend. The simultaneous release of two new phones — Apple has not released separate numbers for the 5S and 5C models –- has contributed to the increase of sales from last year.
Apple website reports that the 5s will not be available to ship until October. “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,” Cook said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
The iPhone 5S is available in silver, space gray and gold, with the golden model gaining substantial press. The camera has been updated to take better pictures in low light, automatically stabilize images and shoot slow motion videos. The iPhone 5S is reported by Apple to run up to 40 times as fast as its predecessor with the addition of a new 64-bit chip