Apple sold a total of “nine million” of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models in just three days after the launch of the new iPhone models on September 20. In addition, over 200 million iOS devices are now running on the newly redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in the history of Apple. The demand for the iPhone 5S has exceeded the initial supply of devices due to which many online orders are now scheduled to be shipped in the coming weeks.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the stores are currently receiving new stocks on a daily basis, if you are still waiting, hopefully, you won’t be waiting long. He added:
“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales. The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5S, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
Apple has not explained the proportion of iPhone 5S and iPhone5C in the sold Nine million handsets but last weekend mobile operators in the UK were short of the supplies of the premium iPhone 5S, while the iPhone 5C was widely available. So, it can be deduced easily hat iPhone 5S would have managed to capture a good percentage in these numbers of sold devices (various unofficial sources report a sales ratio of 3.5 to 1 in the favor of iPhone 5S with respect to iPhone 5C).
If we compare the previous sales of iPhones, the iPhone 4S managed 4 million units sale in the first three days, while the iPhone 5 took a slight lead by selling 5 million devices in the same time span, 9 million units for the new iPhones is, therefore, a nice sales benchmark.
When it comes to the previous versions of iOS, 100 million iOS devices were updated to iOS 6 last year within three days but the latest iteration of iOS 7 has got a massive response from its users and it made twice the number of users to upgrade than the previous year.
The major factors that contributed to this utterly successful iPhone launch are nonetheless the presence of two new iPhones instead of the usual one, a wide range of colors and the simultaneous release of the smartphones in China.