News by Andrew Kameka on Monday September 24, 2012.
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Apple announced today that it sold more than 5 million units of its iPhone 5 since September 21, making the iPhone 5 Apple's most successful phone launch to date. Apple revealed that most sellers exhausted their supply of phones over the weekend, and demand was so high that many customers who pre-ordered the iPhone 5 will not receive the device until October. The iPhone 5 launched in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, but 22 more countries will begin selling the device this Friday. More regional and prepaid carriers in the U.S. will also begin selling the iPhone 5 beginning this Friday.
Apple CEO Tim Cook released the following statement to announce the sales total:
"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."
Apple also announced that a quarter of its 400 million activated devices have upgraded to iOS 6. Since Apple released iOS 6 to existing users of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch product lines, more than 100 million devices have been updated.source: Apple
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