iPhone sales top 9 million in launch weekend, iOS 7 overtakes iOS 6

By on September 23, 2013, 9:30 AM

You’re probably familiar with the drill by now: Apple announces a new iPhone, analysts and so-called experts feel underwhelmed and forewarn of waning consumer interest, stocks go down a bit due to wary investors, then Apple announces another record-shattering launch weekend. It was no different this year save for the fact that two devices were launched. All in all, more than nine million of them were sold in a three day span.

Apple’s Tim Cook called this the company’s best iPhone launch yet, and though he didn’t break down individual model sales, he did confirm they have sold out of their initial supply of iPhone 5s. For what it’s worth, market signals point to a stronger debut weekend for the higher-end model, with analytics firm Localytics claiming the 5s and 5c now account for around 1% of all activated iPhones and the 5s beating its lower end sibling three to one.

To put the launch into perspective, the iPhone 4 racked up 1.7 million unit sales during its launch weekend in 2010, the iPhone 4s managed 4 million the following year, while the iPhone 5 broke records once more at 5 million in 2012. It’s worth noting that aside from launching two iPhone models this year, this was also the widest ranging launch for the company to date with 11 countries taking part, up from 9 in 2012. These include the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.

Apple was also keen to point out that more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7. Although the company didn’t include any context with the figure, according to independent data from Mixpanel, installations of the latest operating system update overtook iOS 6 in just 72 hours at 48.21% versus 47.58%, respectively. Today the percentage has continued to grow with iOS 7 on 56.60% of devices.




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BMfan BMfan said:

I'm trying to think of something smart to add to the comments but I can't,so I will now go out and buy an iphone so I can join the isheep.

mevans336 mevans336 said:

While I know it's popular to hate on whomever is at the top of the corporate pile, the iPhone is a really great phone and Apple is doing something with the internals that noone else but Samsung is doing. Each iteration of their A-series processor (of which there have only been two) have thoroughly trounced established giants like Qualcomm and TI.

As someone who recently switched from the original iPhone 5 to an HTC One (I like playing with technology) there are a ton of small features missing from Android and from the hardware itself that really do make using an iPhone a pleasurable experience. The two biggest that I miss are the keyboard prediction of the iPhone (nothing on Android even comes close - no, not even Swiftkey) and the ability to skip tracks and turn the volume up/down from your headphones.

Geforcepat Geforcepat said:

I'm trying to think of something smart to add to the comments but I can't,so I will now go out and buy an iphone so I can join the isheep.

Welcome to the fold brother

JC713 JC713 said:

Wow 9 million. That is crazy.

SnipeD SnipeD said:

Wow 9 million. The 5C must be most of that since the 5S supply is so low.

Humm... I read this in the article.

Localytics claiming the 5s and 5c now account for around 1% of all activated iPhones and the 5s beating its lower end sibling three to one.

JC713 JC713 said:

Humm... I read this in the article.

Localytics claiming the 5s and 5c now account for around 1% of all activated iPhones and the 5s beating its lower end sibling three to one.

Yeah I wasnt thinking lol.

Saintnsinner said:

I love my ipad but my HTC One kicks any iPhones ass.

Saintnsinner said:

Io7 is kid of clunky on my ipad2 though.

Guest said:

What has the world come to when 9 million people in one weekend by a phone that is hardly any improvement over the previous model. Heck....what has the word come to when phones are getting so much global attention, it almost sounds like a religion.

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