Apple just announced that sales of the new iPhones hit a new record of 9 million in just three days after its launch on 20 September. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are updated to the new iOS 7 operating system. This makes it the fastest software upgrade in history.
The impressive sales number shouldn't come as a surprise as this year is the first time that China, the world's largest consumer market, is included in the first wave of 9 countries to receive the new iPhones. According to Apple, demand for the new iPhone 5S exceeded the initial supply.
Apple - “This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Despite being just an incremental update, the iPhone 5S seemed to be very popular with consumers in Singapore. Just a few minutes after the Apple Online Store (Singapore) went live on Friday, shipment date of the iPhone 5S slipped to October. 10 hours later, the iPhone 5S was no longer available as stocks ran out.
Enthusiastic iPhone customers also flocked to the respective telcos' launch events for the new phones at 8AM on 20 September, causing stocks to run out at the events very quickly. We are currently in the midst of testing the new iPhone 5S, and will publish our review shortly.
Keep your eyes peeled to HardwareZone for the latest updates on the iPhones and iOS 7. For now, you can refer to our guide on What You Need to Know about iPhone 5C, 5S and iOS 7.