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The first weekend of iPhone 5 sales is now over and judging by the queues that were being experienced at various Apple Stores in available countries, it was expected that Apple would be seeing some extremely positive sales numbers after the first three days of availability. In a press statement coming out of California today, Apple Inc. have announced that they managed to ship five million iPhone 5 units following the release on Friday September 21st.

Apple launched the iPhone 5 at the back end of last week in nine different territories, including the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Canada and the United Kingdom. The company’s plan is to make the sixth-generation iPhone available to an additional twenty-two countries on September 28th with that total exceeding one hundred by the turn of the year. The ambitious release schedule for Apple shows just how sought-after the iPhone 5 is, with supply inventories not able to keep up with the consumer demand for the iPhone 5. Apple has also announced that they have pre-orders on their systems that will ship into the middle of October.

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To put things into clear perspective how the iPhone 5 sales stack up against its predecessors, here’s a simple break-down of the sales figures: the iPhone 4 managed to sell 1.7 million units in just three days, iPhone 4S sold 4 million units and the iPhone 5 has sold a whopping 5 million units, which is huge!

Apple flipped switch on iOS 6 prior to the iPhone 5 going on public sale, with more than 100 million iOS device owners taking the plunge and installing the latest iteration of iOS onto their devices. We have already seen some early adoption figures stating that iOS 6 had been installed on 16% of iOS devices. With Apple recently announcing that they had shipped the 400 millionth iOS device, that figure looks to be closer to 25%.

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Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is obviously overwhelmed by the success of the iPhone 5 stating that “demand for the iPhone 5 has been incredible” and that the company is “working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible“. Customers are still able to pre-order the new device via Apple’s online store and will receive an estimated delivery date as part of the process. Although there is a small waiting period while Apple replenish stocks, it could just be worth it to get your hands on what is the lightest and thinnest iPhone yet.

(source Apple)

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