iPhone 5s/5c First-Weekend Sales Similar, Analyst Says

Apple broke all previous iPhone sales records with the opening weekend iPhone 5s and 5c sales: 9 million units sold. The company’s usual silence regarding which model is selling more leaves the analysts to break down the sales numbers based on their inside sources. And Ming-Chi Kuo thinks (via AppleInsider) that the limited supply of the iPhone 5s has led to an even spilt in sales between the high-end and lower-cost model.

According to his estimate, Apple has sold between 3.5 million and 4.5 million iPhone 5s units, and the rest of between 4.5 million and 5.5 million were iPhone 5c models. This year’s 9 million number obviously sets a new record, but we must note here that Apple launched two devices this year. Just about a year ago, the iPhone 5 set the previous record with 5 million units sold in the first weekend.

Ming-Chi Kuo’s estimate — which is based on inside sources, he says — is slightly different to what the guys from Localytics have found. They think exactly the opposite: for instance, most analysts expected the iPhone 5c to boost Apple’s presence in China, but it turns out the demand for the high-end model has been much higher than for the colourful, lower-cost model.


Furthermore, they think China leads the pack in preference for the iPhone 5s, with the stats being based on solid data: they examined over 20 million iPhones and investigated the breakdowns by country between September 20 and 23.