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Apple sells 9 million iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c during launch weekend, admits "we've sold out"

Ashleigh Allsopp | Sept. 25, 2013
"Demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded initial supply," but Apple "appreciates everyone's patience"

Apple has announced that it sold nine million new iPhones during the launch weekend of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and claims that more than 200 million iOS devices are now running iOS 7.

iPhone 5S

In a press release sent out on 23 September, Apple revealed that it has sold "a record-breaking" nine million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models within three days of their release on 20 September. The company hasn't revealed how this figure is divided between iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, though.

Also in the press release, Apple says that "more than 200 million iOS devices are now running completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history."

According to MixPanel data, ther are now more iOS devices running iOS 7 than any older version of iOS, with almost 55 per cent of iOS devices running the new update as of 23 September.

Prior to the release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, analysts predicted 5-8 million new iPhone sales for the launch weekend. Last year, Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 models within the first three days.

The iPhone 5s sold out very quickly, and Apple admits that "demand for iPhone 5s has exceeded the initial supply," adding that "many online orders are scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks."

Apple CEO Tim Cook says: "This is our best iPhone launch yet - more than nine million new iPhones sold - a 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."

Additionally, Apple has revealed that 11 million unique users in the US have tuned in to iTunes Radio since it launched on 18 September. The most listened to song on the music streaming service is "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake. There's still no word on when Apple will launch iTunes Radio in the UK.


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