Apple Sells 10 Million iPhone 6 Devices in First Weekend After Launch
The iPhone sales of more than 10 million sets a new initial three-day sales record for the smartphones, according to Apple.Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones were a big hit this past weekend, selling more than 10 million units after their debut on Sept. 19. That means that the new iPhone 6 models set a new all-time record for first-weekend iPhone sales since iPhones first hit the market back in June of 2007. "Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn't be happier," Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in a Sept. 22 statement. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible." The new phones went on sale on Sept. 19 to customers in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Buyers in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates will be able to buy the new smartphones starting Sept. 26, according to Apple. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year. Maribel Lopez, principal analyst with Lopez Research, told eWEEK in an email reply to an inquiry about the launch that the successful sales figures are notable. "The cult of iPhone is alive and well," wrote Lopez. "People have been waiting for a larger iPhone for some time and this shows that Apple offered the right mix of features and sizes."
On the Sept. 19 launch day for the new iPhone 6 models, customers around the world waited in long lines at Apple stores and other businesses to pick up their long-awaited new phones, according to an earlier eWEEK report. For millions of others who are on waiting lists to get their phones, the waiting continues as Apple works with manufacturers to crank out more of the phones.