Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 pre-sales set record, double iPhone 4S

The iPhone 5 sold out at Apple's website within an hour of pre-orders going live. U.S. carriers saw their pre-order supply sell out later that same day. You might expect would mean sales records, and you'd be correct.

On Monday, Apple announced sales figures for the first 24 hours of pre-orders of the iPhone 5: over two million iPhone 5s were pre-ordered during that period. That is more than double the previous sales record set by last year's iPhone 4S, which sold around one million units in its first day of availability.

Apple also noted that the "majority" of the pre-orders from the first 24 hours will be delivered by September 21st, although some of those pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.

Meanwhile, AT&T, which still has an edge over Verizon and Sprint despite the new iPhone 5's LTE capability, said it set its own sales record. While not giving specific numbers, on Monday the nation's No. 2 wireless carrier said the iPhone 5 was the fastest-selling iPhone it had ever offered. According to the company, customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of pre-orders and over the weekend.

Those are just the pre-orders. The device will launch on Friday, Sept. 21 in many retail outlets, including Apple Stores, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, and more.

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