iPhone 5 preorders hit 2M in 24 hours

Cupertino company says preorders for newest smartphone topped two million during first day, doubling previous record held by iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 is off to a hot start. Apple announced today that preorders for the new smartphone, which went live September 14, topped 2 million in 24 hours. This is more than double the previous record of 1 million held by the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone is selling well. Surprise?

Apple said demand for the iPhone 5 has exceeded initial supply, and though the "majority" of reserved units will be delivered to users on September 21, many are slated to arrive in October.

If the iPhone 5 is to topple another iPhone 4S sales record, it will need to sell more than 4 million units at launch this weekend.

The iPhone 5 was announced last week during a presentation in San Francisco, California. The device is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever made, and will be available at launch starting at $199 and scaling up to $399 for a 64GB model.

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nomadski69
nomadski69

Ive replied to a few posts but the sheer vitriol from some of the assholes in the below comments just makes me want to summarise in one post.

 

Go and enjoy your Droids, I will enjoy my iPhone.

Hurvl
Hurvl

This model doubled the amounts of preorders compared to the earlier model which almost doubled the amount of preorders for the model before that. I'm seeing a pattern here and I'm not sure it's a wholly good one. I'm gonna hold onto my first mobile phone (already +5-years old) and see how far along the current models are when I finally need to get a new one. My PC game backlog (and I only play PC games) also prevents me from playing the latest games and needing a newer computer to play them, so I won't upgrade from my current gaming laptop until five years ahead of now. Silently protesting this "gotta have the latest"-fanatism FTW!

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

Its exactly the same as the Iphone 4s but with upgraded features.

samedizombie
samedizombie

As a Galaxy S3 owner it makes me glad to be a free thinking individual, able to make make my own choices without the need to be spoon fed or told what is best for me and what I can or can't do with my phone.

If you wanted to buy a car and you were told that the boot had been locked shut and that you couldn't use it because the manufacturer didn't want you to would you still buy that car?

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

The big question is - what becomes of all the handsets that were bought last year?

mtait01
mtait01

Why? I actually have an iPhone (3GS) but when they unveiled the iPhone 5 I was quite confused because it doesn't really have anything new except for a bigger screen.

moran6891
moran6891

Why is iPhone on gamespot? Phone is the key word here, maybe I missed something.

DarthLod
DarthLod

I can't believe people buy into these greed driven tactics and keep buying new phones every year. I refuse to own a cell phone or support the social addiction they bring.

mmxz12
mmxz12

IPHONE 5

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eugoreez
eugoreez

announced by apple? 2m in 24 hours? double than 4s? im starting to think this is a hoax, a marketing stunt... announcement like this can effect ppl's decision A LOT.. it's only logical they use this to their advantage..

Dragdar
Dragdar

Apple minions sometimes wonder why educated, aware people hate Apple and its products and its fans, why would someone care what people buy?

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the reason for that is that it indicates that the our civilization hasn't improved ONE TINY FUCKING BIT in the mental department (or spiritual for that matter), at the very best it's stagnating.

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because, if YOU CAN CONVINCE SOMEONE to pay 50% MORE for your inferior, pretentious little phone that cant even effectively compete with other apple phones

 

then that means that the average population is made up of dipshit dumbasses, that dont want to project their individuality one bit, that don't want to be treated liek intelligent consumers

people that just want to fit into that stereotypical, jeans wearing, consumer image. people that are utterly insecure about their self-image,

 

because when you're buying apple, all you're doing is buying a pre-packaged self-image for retards

 

and the media is party to blame for all the "free" advertisement Apple gets

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yet these people... they'll still try to lecture you about the "corporates" and the "1%" and the "recession"

grnionio
grnionio

So, when you extremely love and support something is fanboyism, but when you're having passive hatred and you contempt something before even holding it in your hands, it's not. I'm sorry, but all of you here, in this Topic, are passive, agressive haters and fanboys. Now, go secretly to the local Apple Store and have some nerdgasm. 

Daian
Daian

Once again too many people buy stuff they don't need with money they don't have to impress people they don't like.

 

And if that wasn't enough most have no idea how exactly it's better or not, it's just to be part of the "me too" crowd.

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

Typical iphone user: "Hey look at my new iphone!".Random dude: "Cool, what are it's new features?". Iphone user: "Um.... it... it looks better! And.... it's smaller!... And... it's even more shiny!". Random dude: "...right. Android user, what can your phone do?" Android user: "Grab a seat and get comfortable because this is gonnna take a while".

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

no thank you to i phone 5. when i up grade from my windows phone 7 next year i will have the choice of the best andriod phone and windows phone 8

HSV002
HSV002

There are officially 2 Million suckers in the world, an extra line of icons pfft please....

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

People complaining about jobs over here in th US but have $300 to go buy a phone they don't need. No wonder this economy is sh*t

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I'll never understand all the hype for a damn phone and can already see people waiting in lines, camping 2 days in front of shops just to be among the first to get one.

 

Then Apple chose to also break downwards compatibility by replacing the connector at the bottom with a new one, rendering all the equipment people bought for the previous model (docking stations, speaker systems, etc.) worthless, so they have to buy it all again and it's not like it's cheap, every additional accessoire that has an Apple logo attached (loading cable, headset, case, ...) costs at least 3 times the price of a comparable non-Apple accessoire.

 

When Apple was ever good at something it's marketing and herding of their sheep.

It's been said before regarding hardware too, you can buy 2 PCs for the price of 1 hardware equivalent MAC.

 

But it's your money, follow your leader and have fun with the exact same phone all over again - you may start saving for the iPhone 5S in half a year which will be yet again the very same phone with a tiny little difference, then the iPhone 6 in a year and the 6S in a year and a half and ......

diabolik_023
diabolik_023

ha...ha... another 2 milion idiots give power to NOT inovation, NOT progress... just the same sh.it but longer :)

bicelis
bicelis

And people talk about the power of social media... Countless jokes/parodies/critiques on Facebook, 9GAG and others of how the new iPhone sucks, is inferior to Galaxy S3, how it's just a longer version of the previous phone AND it still DOUBLED in preorders... Faith in power of the internet wavered...

steelmouth
steelmouth

SMDFH what is it with this damn iPhones that people just cant seem to get enouth of

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

I cant believe this shit, i have one question for people who preordered this:  WHY?....why?..w..

billlabowski
billlabowski

Hahaha oh wow, Gotta look trendy and cool in the Starbucks lines I guess.

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

Some people really do fall onto the hype. The Galaxy s3 or one x are much better phones and are cheaper. So why would you get a iPhone?

RikusTwilight
RikusTwilight

The iPhone 5 is actually average at best, specs wise. If people actually did some research into what phone they are getting before they settle in for a two year contract then you might be surprised as to what you find.In most areas the Galaxy S3 trumps the iPhone 5, and has key features the iPhone left out, and the upcoming Lumia 920 beats the iPhone in all areas, which also has said key features.

BuBsay
BuBsay

Why are apple products so expensive? Because it's apple.

 

Seriously, I could build a pretty decent gaming computer for around $350-400. To buy a computer with the exact same specs from Apple would cost just over $700. Not to mention around 80% (or higher potentially) of games won't even run on a mac unless you dual boot it.

 

I have never understood people's obsessions with Apple products, other than the fact that they're designed for people who don't know a damn thing about technology.

Good-Smurf
Good-Smurf

I hate to say it but iPhone really is the cod of mobile devices.

Never gonna get one because it's not good as the cell phone and really that's all i need i to do call receiving calls and SMS.

Apple might take another zillion years to make it acts like a phone,clearly phone part is the bonus people buying it for cheap ridiculous apps and facebook twitter.

I already got a sexy PS vita for games.

Not for killing time on iphone like others because I have to say i feel pity for the time to get killing everyday.

 

farcorners
farcorners

that's a lot of buckets needed to mop up the diarrhea.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

The iPhone is unique in that it's the phone you're most likely to see a hipster using, yet at the same time it's the most MANSTREAUM phone anyone could possibly have.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

People who bash apple are sheeples! You people are so small and closed minded you can't even seen the how pointless and baseless it is. It is pointless to bash galaxy s3 or apple iPhone. It's like arguing red apples are better than green apples. Both phones are great phones. Both phones are better than the order 148 phones on market. It comes down to personal taste. It's like Xbox and playstation. It's pointless and stupid to argue about which one is better. All your doing is trying to justify your own decision by making other people feel wrong and stupid, which in the end just makes you the smaller person. Both phone have something that apeals to somebody but not everyone. Your inability to understand that is the saddest thing. It's not apple is selling a card board box saying its a smart phone. Or their phones have 90% failure rate. Haters ganna hate no matter what. Haters are small minded. I think android rocks. I think the galaxy is a sick phone. I also think the iPhone is a pretty bad &&& phone. I also think that smart phones wouldn't even popular had apple not made the first iPhone. Black berry had been making them for 5 years and people couldnt care less about smart phones. Just like Xbox and playstation. Wouldn't be around if Nintendo didn't do so well. Competition is what pushes the market and innovation. Take away apple and Samsung wouldn't have the galaxaxy. Take away Xbox, and playstation wouldn't be pushes so hard for innovation. Open your minds for once in your life.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Dont worry people, if the back order is too long just wait a week, you can just order the next one you ****ing sheep.

metalkitten
metalkitten

i see they left out all controversal news of the people who work as slaves for almost no money to make these expensive iphones - how many that commited sucide due to the work condition and jumped of the building

 

the way they solved it was not to give them better work conditions nor better pay - they put up a net so people couldnt jump off their building

 

im not gonna support iphones - besides i dunno about na but here u might as well buy 2 gaming consoles for the same price and a cheap mobil

funnysplay
funnysplay

Coming September 21st 2013 iphone 6! I think i'll wait for iphone 13.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

Good for them.  Now, can we move onto other news?

im2cool123
im2cool123

Apple should go into the telegram business.

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Doesn't seem that surprising. They're stock is now worth its weight in gold too....

KingG0ose
KingG0ose

I don't like something so therefore the people who do are idiots!

proxyfate
proxyfate

People renew their phone on average every 18 months. Between people who have the 4 (not the 4s), people still using 3gs or lower, more regions releasing on the same day and people who want to try an iphone this time around, its not surprising that 2million pre-ordered.

 

Also people with 4s can do a little leg work, sell their 4s for $200-400 on ebay and then complain and get a upgrade with their provider, costing them nothing to upgrade to the 5. Many people do this and there are many people out there who want to buy secondhand Iphones on ebay.

 

As for the upgrade remarks of "oh i bet they will release one next month", try more like 10-12 months and Samsung who so many of you support with the Galaxy S3 is planning on releasing the S4 in February, meaning they are only waiting 8 months. 

 

So you say we are isheep, but you are just a much of a sheep to your droid brands, just as you are sheep by not being clever and jumping on the ihate apple bandwagon.

 

Your desire to spew your hate of Apple, proves your insecurites with your own smartphone as you feel the need to justify why everyone is so wrong and you are so right. If you really did think you had the right phone you wouldn't care at the choice other people made.

 

Personally i think the Iphone 5 / Lumia 920 / Samsung Galaxy S3 all look like great phones and represent the best of 2012 smartphones. Having any one of these three phones should leave the user satisfied with their purchase.   

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

And I know a lot of those peoples still in contract and spent 750 or 850 that's to much money for a phone...I'm still in contract so I got to wait :(

hadlee73
hadlee73

2M in 24 hours? Amazing! That's even faster than regular lemmings react! :P

muppen
muppen

I've had my iPhone 4 for nearly 2 years now and I'm not planning on changing. I'm very happy with it and don't need the "latest shiny thing" on the market.