Apple has just released their annual iPhone launch-weekend sales press release, and stated iPhone 5 sales topped five million over the weekend. This exceeds the four million iPhone 4S units Apple had sold last year during launch weekend.
A few days after pre-orders began, Apple announced that 2 million customers had the chance to purchase the iPhone 5 within the first 24 hours of sale. That sales figure also outbeat any previous pre-order record in Apple’s book.
“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”
This record-breaking launch weekend may be impressive, but still didn’t quite meet the expectations of analyst Gene Munster, who predicted six to eight million sales during the weekend.
Tim Cook also noted in the press release that 100 million iOS devices have already upgraded to iOS 6. That is a huge adoption rate considering the public availability has been under a week.
Now the question is, are you disappointed in Apple’s opening weekend sales? I thought they would’ve sold over six million, but I can’t be disappointed that they broke yet enough Cupertino sales record.