iPhones 5s and 5c sell 9m in record weekend as Apple shrugs off doubters -->
Apple shrugged off its critics, and analysts who said the high-end smartphone was saturated, by announcing it has sold nine million iPhones in just three days.
The company's share price jumped more than 5% to
The figures are nearly double the record figure of five million in 2012, when it introduced the iPhone 5.
Though the company did not release a sales breakdown between the new iPhone 5s - which incorporates a fingerprint reader - and the cheaper, and coloured, 5c, data from Mixpanel, a mobile analytics company, suggests the breakdown was 2:1 in favour of the pricier devices. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the new "gold" iPhone 5s - deemed ugly by some - was the most popular model.
"The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly," Cook said in a statement. "We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."
The sales figures put the struggles of rival phone makers
The sales come despite a German hacker grouptechnology/2013/sep/22/apple-iphone-fingerprint-scanner-hacked"> claiming to have fooled the fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5s with a scanned version of a fingerprint captured from glass, and reports of security vulnerabilities on some features.
Apple also said that its new iOS 7 software has been installed on 200m devices since its launch last Wednesday - which it called "the fastest software upgrade in history".
That means it may be only a few days away from reaching as many users as
The higher figure is in part due to the new phones going on sale in many more territories than in 2012 and preceding years. The phones were available in the US,
"It's an impressive opening weekend, but unsurprising because older models [were] still selling well immediately prior to the launch," said
Apple's gigantic sales figure also turns a spotlight on Samsung, whose launch of its Galaxy S4 in spring. The South Korean company said that it sold 10m of the new phones after 28 days - and 20m after two months - but soon afterwards financial analysts marked down its stock because they felt the sales were slow, and indicated that the top end of the smartphone business, which the S4 targets, was tapped out.
That in turn led to renewed focus on Apple's strategy, and speculation that the cheaper 5c would have to be priced at around
But Apple ignored that trend and priced the cheaper 5c at
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