In its first three days of availability, the iPhone 5 has reached record sales of less than 5 million iPhone 5 in the first weekend, while more than 100 million devices have been upgraded to iOS 6. Apple calls it an incredible demand for the new iPhone.
“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.” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The sales figures are striking when set against the orders for the new iPhone. These were namely a factor of two higher than last year when the iPhone 4S was the case. When Apple sold in order for two million units in 24 hours, the number of 4 million. The same number of Apple sold in the first weekend after the launch of the iPhone 4S. The point of the 4S lasted almost a day, was the first stock iPhone 5 devices already sold out within an hour.
Analysts assumed for the iPhone 5 between 6 and 10 million units shipped, with 8,000,000 as most likely was called. The statement indicates that Apple may simply not meet the demand
The company noted that the demand for the iPhone 5, has exceeded the initial supply already available at launch, although most of the devices were delivered via pre-orders. However, a number of pre-orders are expected to be shipped in October.