Five million iPhone 5s were sold over the weekend, according to Apple. That’s a million more than the iPhone 4S sold in its first three days and a new sales record for the company on an opening weekend.
Apple said that it could have sold more had it been able to make and ship them in time. The sales figure includes pre-orders which arrived with customers over the weekend, but not those which are in transit or haven’t yet shipped.
‘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.’
Despite improving on Apple’s previous best, the figure wasn’t enough for investors. Apple’s share price dropped by $10 in early trading on Wall St.
Apple also announced that 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6 since it became available last week.