Apple has once again set a new smartphone sales record. While iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c first weekend sales topped 9 million, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 first weekend tallies exceeded 10 million. And, just so there is no confusion, pretty much every other company on the planet, most infamously Samsung, reports units “shipped” — Apple’s 10 million were actually sold to customers.
“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “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 remarkable thing here is that, unlike the 2013 first weekend numbers, this year’s launch weekend didn’t include China, the world’s largest smartphone market. iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 first weekend numbers did include the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore.
Apple will begin selling the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 in 20 additional countries on September 26 and, before year’s end, a total of 115 countries.
And, for what it’s worth, Apple has sold more than 500 million iPhones since 2007. Of course, many more Android phones have been sold (or at least shipped), most with fries…
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