According to previous reports, Apple sold out its pre-order stock of the iPhone 5 in just 24 hours the smartphone went on sale online. Apple said that 2 million units of the new iPhone were pre-ordered. This was before the handset hit shelves. The Cupertino firm officially released their new flagship. Now, the company has announced that they have sold over 5 million new iPhones in just three days the phone went on sale.
The iPhone 5 has broken every sales record, which shows the public’s overwhelming demand for new kit. A testament to the iPhone 5’s demand is the thousands of Apple fans who queued for hours just to get their hands on the new iPhone. Now, Apple is struggling to keep up with the global demand of their new device.
Once the iPhone 5 hit the 5 million mark, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said, “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.
“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.”
The new iPhone is far from perfect. Apple replaced the Google Maps with its own Maps app. Sadly, the new service was riddled with bugs, which resulted in outraged customers demanding to get Google Maps back on their homescreen. Despite this outcry, the new kit is still selling like hotcakes and is soon to become the hottest-selling smartphone of the year.
The iPhone 5 was released on the 21st of September in nine countries, including the UK. Twenty-two more countries started selling the new iPhone on the 22nd of September. It will be available to the more countries towards the end of the year.
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