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Apple: iPhone 5 Sales Top Five Million Over Opening Weekend, 100 Million iOS Devices Updated To iOS 6

Apple has just issued a press release announcing that the iPhone 5 has sold more than five million units in its first three days of sales after launching on Friday in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. Apple previously revealed that in the first 24 hours pre-orders of the iPhone 5 topped two million.

“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.”

Apple also announced in the press release that since iOS 6 launched mid-last week, over 100 million iOS devices are now running iOS 6. The latest iOS release removed Google Maps in favour of Apple’s own mapping app which has been receiving strong criticism, a new Passbook app, Facebook integration and a bounty of other more minor new features and adjustments. Our own Federico reviewed iOS 6 and you can find all our iOS 6 coverage here.

The second ‘round’ of the iPhone 5 launch will occur this Friday on September 28th, going on sale in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


Jump the break for the full press release from Apple.

CUPERTINO, California—September 24, 2012—Apple® today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone® 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October.

“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.”

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*—all while delivering even better battery life.**

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