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iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c Release: Sales Top 9 Million in Launch Weekend, 200 Million Devices Running iOS 7

Sep 23, 2013 07:57 PM EDT
Apple today announced the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c topped a record-breaking nine million units over the launch weekend.

Apple today announced the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c topped a record-breaking nine million units over the launch weekend.

"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, in a press release. "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."  

Both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.

The more-expensive iPhone 5s, which comes with a fingerprint sensor and faster processors, saw the most demand. All 5s models - the gold, silver and space gray colors - were listed on Apple's website Sunday evening as available to ship in October. 

Last year Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 during the opening weekend, so it is almost doubling the number. One of the reason is because Apple put the phones on sale in China at the same time as the U.S. for the first time. 

This launch weekend also represents the strongest adoption rate of any version of iOS. The company claims more than 200 million iOS devices are now running iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.

It also says that it had 11 million listening hours over the weekend for iTunes Radio, its new music streaming service.

In the US, the new iPhones are available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, select Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.