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With the iPhone 5 stocks running dry within an hour of pre-orders going live a couple of days ago, Apple today has issued a press release stating that their latest smartphone has been pre-ordered a staggering 2 million times in just 24 hours.

The press release goes further in claiming that the iPhone 5 has been pre-ordered twice as much as the iPhone 4S did when it was launched in October last year.

To give you a clear perspective how popular the iPhone 5 is over the previous iPhones; the iPhone 4 was pre-ordered 600,000 times in the first 24 hours, the iPhone 4S was pre-ordered a million times, and the iPhone 5 went up a notch and broke all previous records which the company held.

iPhone 5 splash

Although, the iPhone 5 is considered as a ‘disappointing’ upgrade over the previous-gen – the iPhone 4S – by analysts the world over, all thanks to its partially similar design to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but if these official numbers are anything to go by, then I’m guessing that the taller 4-inch Retina display was more than enough to lure a bunch of people onto the iPhone bandwagon.

It is also worth noting that these numbers only represent devices that have been pre-ordered via the Apple online store, or via different mobile carriers on contract. The numbers will get interesting when Apple reveals a new set of data which would include the number of devices which have been purchased directly from brick and mortar stores around the globe, in other words, not ordered via online or Apple retail outlets.

If recent benchmark results are anything to go by, the iPhone 5 is indeed a powerhouse which we were hoping it to be. Powered by a mighty new A6 processor clocked at 1.02GHz, it renders the iPhone 5 as the most powerful mobile device around in terms of performance, even more powerful than the Galaxy S III, the Nexus 7 and the iPad 3!

iPhone 5 back

The iPhone 5 is set to hit retail shelves on 21st September, the same day when the first pre-order wave of devices start to ship to their individual owners. We at Redmond Pie, will of course, feature an unboxing and a hands-on with the shiny new Apple-branded smartphone, so stay tuned.

And oh, are you one of those 2 million lucky customers who were able to pre-order the iPhone 5?

(source Apple)

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