Apple announces 5 million in sales for iPhone 5, 100 million in updates for iOS 6

Apple sells 5 million iPhones on opening weekend, updates 100 million devices to iOS 6

Apple has just announced their sales figures for the iPhone 5 and once again they don't fail to impress -- 5 million in the 3 days since September 21. Apple also announced that 100 million iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads have updated to iOS 6 since it was released on September 19.

“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.”

Last weekend's numbers include sales in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. This coming weekend, Apple will launch the iPhone 5 in 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 as well.

Last year's iPhone 4S launch reached 4 million on launch weekend while the iPhone 4 reached 1.7 million but had a much smaller initial release.

So how do those numbers stack up to your expectations? And how do they reconcile with some of the press and public sentiment that the iPhone 5 lacked some of the obvious, blow-you-away new features of previous years? Are they a sign that consumers aren't nearly as bored with Apple as some would have you believe, or that we'd buy a rock from Apple if they wrapped it up right?

Source: Apple PR

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Rene Ritchie

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