Apple sells 9 million iPhone 5s and 5C handsets over the weekend

The Cupertino company sold 9 million iPhone 5s and 5C smartphones during their first full weekend after launch and sets a new record.

Apple announced today that the iPhone 5s and 5C handsets almost managed to double the 5 million iPhone 5's sold last year over its release weekend. Surprising most analysts, Apple sold 9 million new iPhones during this last weekend - about 6.5 million iPhone 5s and 2.5 million iPhone 5C. 

According to Apple's CEO Tim Cook, "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." Multiple sources claim that the gold iPhone 5s helped a lot, since Apple sold more iPhone 5s units than expected on the Chinese market, the golden iPhone being very popular there.

Looking back at Apple's older sales figures, it is enough to say that the Cupertino company just managed to sell in a single weekend more handsets than in any of the first three quarters of 2010. As estimated by Localytics, the 5s outsold the 5C by almost 4 times, accounting for over 7.5 million of the total iPhone sales during the last weekend. On the other hand, Samsung only managed to sell 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones during the first month after the launch.

On this occasion, Apple also established a record for the fastest software upgrade in its history. Less than a week after its release, over 200 million devices have been updated to iOS 7.

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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09-23 (Update: 2013-09-23)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.