Apple sells 9 million new iPhones in three days

Company touts record-breaking launch of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models; more than 200 million iOS devices now running iOS 7.

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Apple sold a record-breaking 9 million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices in three days, the company announced today. Both new models went on sale on Friday, September 20.

Apple also announced today that more than 200 million iOS devices are now running iOS 7, making it the "fastest software upgrade in history," the company said.

iOS, the "most significant iOS update since the original iPhone," launched on September 18, introducing a new user interface, color palette, and free radio service called iTunes Radio.

Over 11 million listeners have already used iTunes Radio, Apple said, noting the most popular song is "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake.

Demand for the iPhone 5s has "exceeded the initial supply," with many online orders expected to be shipped in the coming weeks, Apple said.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet--more than nine million new iPhones sold--a new record for first weekend sales," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "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."

The iPhone 5s is the first smartphone to feature a 64-bit processor. It also includes a fingerprint scanner. The iPhone 5s is available on contract starting at $200 for a 16GB model. The lower-cost iPhone 5c is available in numerous colors beginning at $100.

Discussion

394 comments
JamesThePrince
JamesThePrince

lol all i can think about is the GTA V sales in 3 days. Losers.! 

Skakruk
Skakruk

cool crap from apple - it's 9 million of "sell in" phone , in other words, sell to partners and not "sell out", to end user. so, bunch of crap !!! i just bought note 3, replaced my first galaxy s, and i'm happy.

D1N02982
D1N02982

9 million stupid ass hipsters

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

proof that selling stuff with stickers will sell everything, xbone learned from that crap

Deadman_est1982
Deadman_est1982

Why do peple care what phone other people buy?  It's a phone. 

liftplus5
liftplus5

i'm so disappointed in the human race and how dumb it is 

Merseyak
Merseyak

haha so 9 million window lickers all synced up and said i know lets spend insane amounts of money on hardware that isnt even comparable to mid range android devices because we don't care ITS GOT AN APPLE ON IT!!!!

FLOPPAGE_50
FLOPPAGE_50

proof that sheep will buy anything, this is why i think xbone won't fail.


arqe
arqe

Still happy with my Motorola phone which is most solid brand in my opinion and my iPad for apps and everything else.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

With 9 million new iPhones purchased I wonder how many of the previous models are now completely obsolete?  People will buy anything to remain culturally relevant.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

lol. proof that a logo can help you sell anything.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I heard there was less demand in California this launch.

rarson
rarson

The numbers are misleading. The iPhone 5c is the same exact hardware as the iPhone 5, so these aren't "new" phones. In previous launches, Apple would mark the old model down in order to fill out the lower end. The iPhone 5, being all shiny metal, is still too expensive to fill that segment, so they made a plastic version.

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

Can't say I've ever really wanted an iPhone (love how that isn't flagged as misspelled), but that may be because I've never actually owned any Apple products.  I'm actually planning on the new LG smartphone as I'm assuming it'll be among the cheapest, and I'm still the guy that only uses his phone for calling and texting.

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

All this hate for Apple is getting really old!  They still continue to sell a good product.  On that note, I'll hang on to my 4S for another year however.

zintarr
zintarr

The failure of the human race continues...

e1tonka
e1tonka

Doesn't matter what anyone goes out of their way to say. People vote with their wallet . That is the ONLY vote that matters.

XbotDestroyer
XbotDestroyer

I'm still using my iphone4. I see no need to upgrade until my phone breaks. Hopefully by then Iphone6 will be out and there will be some serious changes since the 4..

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

I keep reading people say that the iPhone is expensive. What are you guys talking about? Its the same price as a samsung, htc one, Nokia, or any other high end, brand new smart phone. 

Neosonic23
Neosonic23

Huh? oh my bad, I was trying to read this thread while watching SkyFall on my Galaxy S4.

Whats the topic about again?

npgr
npgr

Biggest launch weekend ever. Nothing to do with the handset launching in china for the first time ever on the world largest network. Cool phone though

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

I can't blame Apple for releasing a somewhat updated phone each year since they clearly sell, I just don't get why anyone would get the 5 knowing a 5s is on the way, and they're essentially buying a stripped down 5s by getting the 5.  It's not even like these phones are cheap, but whatever, if it's what people want then keep pushing a new one each year.

singaporesam
singaporesam

why is everyone insulting the iPhone and its consumers, i don't have a smartphone yet, i bought a iPod touch a few years ago and it does near enough everything i could want in a smart phone and i enjoy apples products. I think now days smartphone are a matter of preference anyways because most smartphones out nowadays have similar capabilities, so chill out and let people enjoy the stuff they bought.


tom2750
tom2750

@dirtdog10304 are you retarded hipsters hate things that are popular they always try and be different because they hate to do and buy things if they are "mainstream" even if that mainstream product is good so basically you are being a hipster because I phones are good phones and you don't want to be mainstream fucking hipster

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

@zintarr  

On the other hand people still buy call of duty games and listen to justin bieber.  Everyone does something questionable, what's the point of looking down on civilization from some imaginary moral high ground?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Diablo-B When the iphone came out, it was 600 dollars. I know because I got one for free from Apple (giftcard). It is still 600 dollars, the difference is that now you buy it with a plan - like any other cellphone - and you pay a fraction of the cost.

Dirty_Hairy
Dirty_Hairy

@Neosonic23 The topic is about you selling your phone and buying yourself a decent monitor.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@Neosonic23 It was a discussion about how hard it is to find HD movies in the Google Play store.  But I guess that doesn't matter if you're stuck watching all your movies on a five-inch screen.  ;-)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@blueboxdoctor Well it's the same idiots who buy a Nintendo DS or 3DS knowing that a better version is just 6 months away.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

@blueboxdoctor If you are up for a new upgrade (every 2 years) why not upgrade? As apposed to waiting for next year

rarson
rarson

@singaporesam  

What I don't understand is why people continue to use Apple products even after they find out that they can't do what they want to do with them.

I get a lot of customers who are looking to transfer music files that they've downloaded on the internet to their iPod. I tell them that they can't. They don't understand why they can't. It's because Apple doesn't let them. I explain this to them, and they ask me what I do. I tell them that I don't use iTunes or Apple devices. They say "but I have Apple products." Okay, well stop buying Apple products then! (Yes, you can technically do it with third-party software, but that's too much trouble for the average Apple user, and still not nearly as easy as just using a different product.)

It's not because I hate Apple (I don't) or because I hate their devices (I do, some of them), it's because I like being able to do what I want to do with my devices, and Apple just doesn't let you do that.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@singaporesam Aww you're new to the internet I see and/or technology. Apple customers deserve all of it. They are worse than EA or Activision customers - they buy a new OS iteration and a new iphone/pod/pad once or more per year when there is no significant difference from year to year. Except what they're buying isn't 59.99, its several times more expensive.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@theKSMM never heard of a little something called netflix for android? stupid ass fuck

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@Diablo-B @blueboxdoctor The other thing is... yes, you're up for an upgrade but it's still costing you $200 to upgrade your phone to something marginally better. Most of the time, you can upgrade to a phone that's six months old for $0 and miss out on very little. That's not who these people are. They are spending $200 to... be cool. I don't mind spending $200 on something useful but I'm not going to drop $200 on "cool".

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

@Diablo-B good point, but it seems there are a lot of people who get a new one each year just because they want to be trendy, but I suppose even then it comes down to what you're into, after all, 4 new games are $240.  

theKSMM
theKSMM

@rarson Telling people that they can't transfer downloaded music to an iPhone / iPod is a blatant lie.  You should just admit that you don't know how to do it; a simple search will tell them all they need to know.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@Grenadeh @singaporesam First, Apple never releases a new product in a category more than once a year.

Second, why do you assume that it's the same people who are upgrading every year?

Finally, a "significant difference" is obviously in the eye of the beholder.  I'd say a new 64-bit processor with nearly twice the speed of its predecessor is a significant difference.  I wish PCs and laptops evolved so quickly at the same price points.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@ExtremePhobia In the U.S. if you're on any carrier other than T-Mobile, you're paying a subsidy for a new phone whether you have a new phone or not.  So it doesn't make sense to pay a subsidy to hold on to a four-year-old device.

rarson
rarson

@theKSMM

You can do it via third-party applications, but iTunes does not support transferring music from non-iTunes sources, and most people that own iPods don't use anything but iTunes.