Apple sells 9 million new iPhones in first weekend, 200 million devices running iOS 7

Ian Hardy

September 23, 2013 8:34 am

Apple launched the new iPhone 5c and 5s last Friday and the company has communicated first weekend sales. Apple previously stated that ‘demand for the new iPhones has been incredible,’ but according to the press release, over 9 million new iPhones (iPhone 5c and 5s) were sold in the first three days. No word on how many of the 9 million units are directly attributed to Canada.

This number is well above the 6- 8 million that analysts were predicting. In addition, the number of devices to be updated to the new iOS 7 has topped 200 million since last Wednesday – Apple states that this sets the record for being “the fastest software upgrade in history.”

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, stated “This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold ― a new record for first weekend sales. 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.”

Update: Based on the success of the iPhone, Apple is also expecting Q4 revenue to soar. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple noted that they expect the ‘total company revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter to be near the high end of the previously provided range of $34 billion to $37 billion, and expects gross margin to be near the high end of the previously provided range of 36% to 37%.’

Source: Apple

  • 01011001001

    I should buy the stock and get my money back for buying the iPhone over the yrs.

    • S2556

      You missed your chance

    • 01011001001

      I see that, almost up 5% today. I’ll buy it on dips.

    • Plazmic Flame

      …. says the guy with a gold bar…

    • 01011001001

      I’m in the gold mining industry, it’s technically printing money even if gold has had a bad year.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Gold never has a bad year, lol

    • phreezerburn

      Hilarious people believe that a fiat currency has a fixed value and that it is gold’s value that increases and declines.

  • Jeff Slater

    Clearly they’re doomed.

    • iFandroid

      Just imagine what kind of sales they could do if they were still innovative…

      /s

    • Jeff Slater

      This never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive!

  • Striker67

    It would be a more interesting number to see how many new users vs upgrades. Not saying they are doomed as I don’t think they are. The management team have not made near the mistakes that blackberry seems to have. Just curious as to whether it is a growing platform or stable.

    • Shoey5

      Past few years, it’s pretty much been the same users buying over and over again…..

  • Rory

    Every year there is a poll which has surprising results, then the following week there is always this press release on This is our best iPhone launch yet

    • Brad F

      The surprising part is that there are more people who vote against the iPhone than there are people who vote for all the other phone polls all year.

      MobileSyrup’s audience has more hate for Apple than they do love for all other phones combined.

  • Geo1962

    Ohh Yeah! Apple is doomed! You know….if you’re a dumb-a*s, why waste you’re time on here? Do something useful….like sweeping out your trailer!

  • sickens

    I wonder if this is increasing their market share, or it’s existing iPhone users upgrading. Either way… Phones are selling.

    • Stephen_81

      Increased global marketshare for sure with the introduction of Official iPhone into the China market.
      Every launch they launch to a larger market, Apple is BRILLIANT at creating hype in every facet of their being.

  • Paul Branchaud

    In related news, water is still wet.

    Did anyone expect bad numbers? And even if the phone had been a flop, Apple would never admit to it.

    • klakomatic

      Actually Paul, they have revised their financial numbers, so if they were lying, they wouldn’t make the revenue they stated and their stock price would plummet at the end of year. So, yes, they would admit it.

    • Paul Branchaud

      I guess I expressed myself poorly. Yes, they need to be truthful for their earnings estimates. I meant more that if it had been a flop, I think that Apple would still have put a positive spin on their opening weekend sales. In a sense, they are fortunate because they know their user base so well, and can make properly educated guesses on how they’ll fare.

  • beyond

    I wonder what the numbers are for each version (5s vs 5c)

    • Andyle604

      3.5X higher for the iPhone 5S. Which suggests either 1) People who buy Apple don’t care about price–they just want the best OR 2) The iPhone 5C is not “cheap” enough.

    • Xaxxus

      Probably the later.

      You can buy a brand new iPhone 5 for cheaper than the 5c right now. Why buy a piece of plastic when you can get something with the same build quality as the 5s for cheaper?

    • gomez

      definitly the 5c is not cheap enough, only a 100 dollar difference, over a 2 year contract, and besides people who buy iphones dont usually worry about price,

  • BMSMA

    My mother’s iPad was updated this weekend, she said it looks pretty nice.

    PS- didn’t the Galaxy S3 sell 10 million on first week? And ironically, Apple filed a lawsuit on it shortly after… lmao.

    • Yulet

      Galaxy S3 passed the 10 million sales mark in 50 days lol

    • BMSMA

      Oh that must be it, I was way off.

  • Super_Deluxe

    I must admit iOS 7 and it’s colorfulness looks nice and alot better than I thought it would turn out. Never thought I’d say this about iOS TBH.

    • phreezerburn

      Why wouldn’t it? Apple copied verbose parts of Windows Phone, WebOS, Android, Sailfish and even BB10. The breakdown is over on Youtube MKBHD.

  • FANDROID?

    WHERE ARE THE FANDORID FAN-BOIS NOW? LOLOLOLOL

    • Yulet

      I just can’t comment any more, people are so stupid.. This is how Apple became the world’s most valuable company, thanks to iPoopers; not because they’re doing an awesome job, they’re not.

    • Mawhayden

      Sound like sour grapes to me……if you cannot explain it demonize it….and state the the people are mindless zombies. Again sour grapes….

    • BMSMA

      Waiting for the Nexus 5 and next HTC and Samsung flagship release of course.

    • phreezerburn

      Laughing at how clueless you are. The 9 million excludes carrier minimums enforced by Apple? Crack book. Some of the carrier contracts are perpetual and only see minor tweaks before renewal.

    • davedooter

      They’re laughing at all the stores with huge iPhone 5c/5s inventory that will collect dust and later sold at a discount to stop dust collection. 9 million shipped ‘sold’ iPhones, mostly being the cheap 5c edition. The actual consumer sold figure is 2 million…. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

    • Jesse

      Mostly being the cheap 5c edition? Yeah minus the fact that the 5s actually outsold the 5c lol

    • davedooter

      Resellers don’t count as consumers to me.

    • phreezerburn

      I second that. If it makes it onto next years taxes as a writedown its a failure. Think the iCrowd’s head might explode if they knew when the iPhone 5 was released, the 4s outsold it and made up the bulk of those lofty numbers Apple posted last time?

    • Shoey5

      I think they are just staying low waiting for the 9 Million who keep repeat buying the new iPhone every year on launch day so they can go on the subway and hold it up in the air hoping someone will acknowledge them so they can make up for the loneliness they suffered through out their life by simulating a false sense of popularity to get old, die and fade away….since no one other than already existing iPhone users keep buying them….

    • phreezerburn

      Laughing at the pile of cash we made shorting Apple.

  • E

    This is BS. No store in Montreal had a line up this year compared to previous years, except the Apple store. The launch was a big flop for most of the carriers. Stores were open 2 hours earlier and no single customer was lining up. Clearly sales were poor in Canada

    • Yulet

      Did you go to all stores in Montreal to check if there’s an iPhone line up or not? Lol

    • E

      No friend, I work for one of the Big 3 and heard the same echoes from all stores of each carrier.

    • Mawhayden

      Oh really, I work for the big 3 also, and I beg to differ. Yes it’s true that stores opened early but if your shorted on supply you end up twitting your your thumbs with nothing to sell. I don’t think you included folks that played it smart and pre ordered so they didn’t have to be an Apple Fan Boy/Girl and stand outside waiting for the phone that you may want…if you really work for a carrier …be that any carrier ….you should know that….you explain then where 9 million phones went to…..had to go somewhere…. And I know the android fan boys would say “better at the bottom of the ocean than consumers hands”…lol

    • davedooter

      You’re a liar. Consumer demand was horrible.

    • dickgozinya

      You’re reetarded.

    • BeforeOld

      Big 3 here too – Had a line up of about 30 people before we opened early. Sold out of iPhone 5S devices about an hour in, 5C shortly thereafter.

    • TheOnlyAdvantageToLiveInQuebec

      In Quebec City there’s no stock left.

    • Delphus

      Easy when there isn’t much stock to go around the whole country in the first place… trust me there wasn’t that much to start off with. About 20k for ALL providers in the country…

    • dickgozinya

      And with this low stock is EXACTLY how they sold over 9 million in only 9 countries right? SMH

    • phreezerburn

      The 9 million is NOT activated handsets. It IS carrier minimum orders enforced by Apple on carriers and most likely sit on something longer than net 90.

    • burninskulz

      Source for that claim please

    • davedooter

      Source all 9 million were consumer purchases please

    • phreezerburn

      Apple could tell us easily as handsets bought by consumers get activated/registered.

    • dickgozinya

      Yeah ok.

    • davedooter

      You’re a gross fat loser, aren’t you. Don’t lie.

    • dickgozinya

      I wasn’t the one who made the flamatory statement. I think that would be you there fatty.

    • davedooter

      So that’s a yes, you’re fat and disgusting. Gotcha.

    • erterte

      well of course no one lined up, there wasn’t any 5S available, unless you go to an apple store.

    • E

      Wich goes and confirm that they had low sales in Canada at least.

    • crosseyed_mofo

      euuuuughhhhh

      the apple store on st-cath had a line wrapped up to maisoneuve, the one at quartier dix-30 also had a massive lineup

    • klakomatic

      So they lied to the equity markets to be a) thrown in jail or b) to have their stock price plummet once the lie is revealed in three months. Hmmm….

    • phreezerburn

      If they want to crack the largest hedge fund on planet earth (Apple’s own) and buy back stock with it at a discount (not like they’re doing anything with all those billions liquid) then certainly. Oh wait! You think they haven’t any pull with the American politico, correct?

    • davedooter

      Companies bought stock piles of the phones but sold only a fraction. There are 6-7 million iPhone 5c/5s sitting on shelves that were not sold. Apple counst any iPhone that leaves it’s warehouse a sale so yes, they did in fact sell 9 million. Only a few million actually bought them.

      Apple needs the world to think they are still relevant and can sell their iPhone brand for stock purposes, but consumer numbers don’t lie and it will come to light that no one is really buying into Apple anymore. That is why they introduced a cheaper 5c model – To increase their iPhone sales (The figure doesn’t correlate between the 5c and 5s) and boast bigger sales figures to manipulate both stock holders and the general public that people are still buying the iPhone. That is just sad. It’s the beginning of the end for Apple and by 2017 they will be irrelevant on the mobile space (Unless they can release another great product like the original iPhone).

    • phreezerburn

      “Plastic Perfected” pitch says it all. What ever happened to that Unobtainium iPhone 5 with the holographic screen?

    • Xaxxus

      of course its a flop for carriers. Why would anyone want to plop down 100+ bucks a month on the insane new 2 year contract plans when they can keep their old plan and buy an unlocked iPhone from the apple store?

      I went to a carrier to see if i could buy the phone straight out because there was no way i was going to find any left at the apple store. They tried to get me to cancel my contract that had more than a year left (which would cost me few hundred dollars), and they wanted me to sign on for a new contract that offered me less than what i currently get for double the monthly price.

      They must think the consumers are stupid or something.

  • burninskulz

    I love how the Android fanboys will never admit that Apple is doing something right. “Everyone is buying it because they are brainwashed iSheep” is now just a lazy argument for folks that are running out of things to bash Apple with.

    It’s even worse now that Apple has entered the spec war as well. Best raw performance of any smartphone by far, first 64-bit OS/architecture on a smartphone, properly implemented Multipath TCP technology and the first properly working fingerprint implementation. If Samsung did these things, you would all be creaming your pants right about now.

    • iFandroid

      While all of the advancements listed above are impressive, the most obvious improvement to most user’s experience will likely be the camera.

      While I haven’t had the pleasure of trying the Lumia 1020 yet, I can say from a few days of use that the iPhone 5S camera is the best smartphone camera I’ve ever used.

      Even the slo-mo vid capture I thought would be gimmicky, but it’s actually pretty fun to use.

      Looking forward to see what the competition will come up with to respond.

    • burninskulz

      “Android users have been able to apply such things to their kernel for a while now”

      This is the problem. Not everybody is a nerd that goes hacking around the kernel of an OS. In fact, only probably 10% of users do this(at best). So apple bringing this feature to the masses without most people even knowing about it is a win for consumers because it immediately enhances user experience out of the box.

      What Apple has always done so well is bring what they believe consumers need to their devices and what impacts overall experience. This is why apple is so successful. I had an Atrix and the fingerprint reader was horrendous, I’ve been using the fingerprint sensor on my 5S for 2 days and its faster than my passcode and is a practical solution.

      I have a Nexus 4 and going back to my iPhone, these isn’t any feature that I cannot do without or cannot be replicated on my phone. Apple also provides excellent support through dedicated stores and I can almost always guarantee my devices will work well and will work in tandem with my other devices.

      This is why I buy Apple. Not because I’m blinded by flashy things but because honestly, it just works.

      I would like to know what Android features you consider innovative and useful that Apple doesn’t provide in some form (3rd party or otherwise)

      Samsung are the king of gimmicky features if that is the route you want to take. The mobile phone industry has matured to the point where we are unlikely to see anything earth shattering in the next little while. I’m happy for Apple to polish the devices and experience for consumers.

    • Fawoo

      Samsung is the king of gimmick, but they’re also just as good as Apple when it comes to marketing and actually stepping up their game.

      Sure they overhype stuff such as waving your hand and changing images, but their flagship phones are just as wonderful as iPhones.

    • burninskulz

      I don’t disagree. Competition is always good. It’s nice to see Samsung push so that Apple doesn’t rest on their laurels

    • Fawoo

      Definitely.

      Samsung needs a little bit more polish when it comes to features. They add a whole lot, but it all gets drowned out by “hand-swiping hover” gimmicks. If they were to buckle down and push features in similar fashion that Apple did with the fingerprint scanner, we would have an even better competition.

    • burninskulz

      The people that think that are silly. There will always be silly people. But that doesn’t give people to right to broadly classify Apple buyers as sheep. I find it very annoying because I and a lot of people I know own apple products for sensible and legitimate reasons which I can defend logically.

      Apple didn’t ‘invent’ a whole lot. But they have redefined and set the standard for a lot of things. This has definitely been good for the smartphone space.

    • Jesse

      see i agree, THIS is the problem, the only people who really get the benefits of an Android phone are the VERY technically inclined people who can do al of that stuff, after inheriting a Nexus im starting to learn how to fully unlock the potential of my phone, but i look at my wife and family members who have iPhones and i dare not tell them all the cool things an android could do cause if they just bought one they’d be lost and all over my a*s to do the cool stuff for em! if Android can become more user friendly in terms of features and upgrades like Apple has, then the casual market will adopt them better… Samsung has been the closest one to realizing this and as such, is the one android manufacturer who is dominating the android market and sits closer to Apple then any other.

    • phreezerburn

      “tell them all the cool things” or tell your wife that your HTC One hasn’t ever dumped its directory or SMS messages while you are restoring hers.

    • Bill Driscoll

      My Motorola Atrix had great finger print detection 2 years ago. They should put a little wheel on the next iPhone and then the iSheep could claim that Apple invented that too.

    • burninskulz

      Having owned an Atrix and had a job selling them. I respectfully disagree. Your comment is the worst kind though, unproductive, unconstructive and intentionally inflammatory.

    • phreezerburn

      Roflmao! Even Apple’s own bishops at The Verge admitted the 64bit marketing is just that. The fingerprint scanner has been hacked in two different methods and the supposed network performance works on paper if you don’t look at the bottlenecks of realworld usage.

    • burninskulz

      If you didn’t notice, I referred to all those features as the ‘spec war’ which to me is what a lot of Android arguments have revolved around. Quad core processors, 2Gb of RAM e.t.c

      These things are nice to see on paper but at the end of the day, what really matters is the experience you get from your device and like it or not Apple does this part really well.

    • phreezerburn

      Apple did it infinitely better with the 3 to the 4 to the 4s. Jobs is missed beyond measure and the whole 5/5s/5c would never have flown were he alive today. He was looking at crazy materials and years of research later, they come up with plastic used by Nokia.

    • burninskulz

      This may or may not be true. But we cannot ignore the fact that the smartphone industry is maturing to the point where crazy innovation in becoming more difficult.

      The plastic phone is an option. Not the only one either.

    • phreezerburn

      Sure but when your advertizing rants are all about innovation, showing a little might be warranted.

    • davedooter

      You do know Android outsells iOS 4 to 1. The world has moved on. Stop crying about it and move on.

    • burninskulz

      This is a very lazy point. How shocking that a combination of OEMs outsells one OEM. It’s like saying Windows is better than OSX just because there are more Windows OEMs. A more pertinent point is how Apple manages to retain majority of the profits from smartphone sales. There are over 500 million iOS devices out there so I doubt apple is losing any sleep over this ‘4-1′ outselling.

      It’s quite shockingly obvious that apple is not competing in the low end smartphone market where Android shines the most. You will be able to see that when you think objectively and stop throwing out numbers without context.

      The Android community needs to put forward more sensible, articulate people to argue their side rather than trolls. I know they are out there because I’ve met some of them. You are definitely no one of them unfortunately.

    • burninskulz

      I actually know those things don’t matter to most people and this is why I classified them under the ‘spec war’. The reason being that this has been used as somewhat of a crutch in recent times by Android users. Examples like “My phone is quad core” or “My phone has 2GB of RAM” even when it doesn’t run as smoothly as an iOS device with less ‘specs’.

      I do agree that people that don’t know anything about the technology shouldn’t have such loud opinions but at the end of the day, my point still remains that, saying that people only buy iPhones because they are brainwashed or because iPhones are ‘cool’ is a gross oversimplification of the actual situation. The truth us that iPhones are very intuitive and work quite well majority of the time. In all fairness, the same can be said about most flagship Android phones but the Android phone market is saturated with a lot of crappy, cheap phones that harm user experience and overall perception of the OS.

      One thing apple excels at though is putting such features front and center(usually in a quite user-friendly manner) so that users know they are there and actually explaining how these things benefit them rather than just stuffing features in for the sake of it.

      I hate when people say that they can believe someone as tech inclined as me would use an iPhone. I have still yet to find a single thing that I can do on Android devices( I own 2) that I cannot reliably replicate on my iPhone (that is actually useful to me)

    • burninskulz

      Wow… So by saying iPhones are simplified and user friendly, I have implied it is for stupid people? How have you come up with that? Please do not make such silly remarks.

      You seem to exist in a world where only ‘nerds’ and ‘fanboys’ exist, but the reality is that I’m talking about the regular people, the ones who will never see this thread and the ones who buy iPhones because it works for them and it fits fine in their lives. I guess by your definition, those people are also fanboys or brainwashed? What the hell happened to choice? Not everyone buys the ‘best’ because that might not be what works for them or not what they can afford(whatever you consider the best).

      Apple does a good job appealing to these people because they are good at marketing their strengths and have a deserved reputation of producing good products. The great thing is that, for all the simplification of iOS, if someone like me who does more with my phone needs to do something specific, I can do it 95% of the time. I also helps that apple has a quite fantastic API that allows developers to create great applications.

      If you can’t see that Apple is doing a good job that same way that I see that the flagship Android devices are doing, then you are not being objective and I would like to end the argument.

    • burninskulz

      Kindly explain what I have changed… I will post 4 things from 4 different comments:

      “The great thing is that, for all the simplification of iOS, if someone like me who does more with my phone needs to do something specific, I can do it 95% of the time”

      “I have still yet to find a single thing that I can do on Android devices( I own 2) that I cannot reliably replicate on my iPhone (that is actually useful to me)”

      ” I find it very annoying because I and a lot of people I know own apple products for sensible and legitimate reasons which I can defend logically.”

      “This is why I buy Apple. Not because I’m blinded by flashy things but because honestly, it just works.”

      Seems fairly consistent to me

    • davedooter

      Irrelevant. If people want the IOS experience they know where to get it. But they don’t. They choose Android. So people consciously choose to buy android devices regardless of the OEM.

      breakdown: Only 1 in every 4 phone shoppers choose to buy an iPhone even though iPhone IS an option for them.

      Samsung alone is poised to make more money then Apple. So yes, they are losing sleep over it… Which is why there is a cheap iPhone called the 5c.

      You d*****s.

      A phone OS is a phone OS. Sadly for little Apple geeks like yourself more people have chosen Android over IOS. Continue losing sleep over it. :)

    • burninskulz

      Some people legitimately do not have the option. We are talking about worldwide sales here. Basically, some people cannot afford a high end device(iPhone, S4, HTC One) and nobody buys feature phones any more so a crappy android phone is the default option in such cases. Some countries do not have a phone subsidy/contract model as well so and this makes it difficult to obtain.

      I’m not losing sleep because I know I’m objective. The comments I make rarely get down-votes because I’m trying to be constructive and no be a troll. I have never once said Apple makes a better device or that Apple was the first to implement features. I’m just trying to defend common sense in the face of knee-jerk reactions. I love technology and competition and that is why I buy android devices as well(I can also afford to). What I don’t like is unilateral thinking.

      Tech reviewers love the iPhone for a reason and I know you’re going to say that they are all biased (another lazy point that makes no sense). But the also love the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One as well(for good reason)

    • Jesse

      I love when people compare Android to iPhone.. Of course Android is going to out sell with all those cheap prepaid phones. Like look how much people are still on older versions of Android. Theres about what a 3rd of android users still on Gingerbread alone? Not only that but if your actually comparing Android to iOS there not actually outselling them 4 to 1 I don’t even think its close to that since apple is about to sell there 700 millionth iPhone by October if I remember correctly.

    • davedooter

      Android sells more units because it doesn’t just cater to fat women or virgin teenage boys like the iPhone.

      That is all there is to it.

  • sunvv

    1 iphone 5c has been pre-ordered since sep 17;
    2 China is among the countries which release iphones first.

    that means 7 days sales of 5c + 3 days sales of 5s + one major consumer market, apple just did a “OK” job. just my opinion.

    • DickGozinya

      Lol good thing those with opinions similar to yours are far and few between, otherwise the world would be a very terrible place to live.

    • phreezerburn

      The number isn’t activated handsets. Why do people fall for this? I’d be really interested in seeing Apple’s receivables ledger.

  • DickGozinya

    A big old LOL goes out to all the rejects that refuted my claims of high dales numbers! Looks good on ya, especially the bbry dicipiles.

    • BMSMA

      High dales? What about sober dales?

    • phreezerburn

      Crack a book. The number you are weeing over is NOT actual sales as in $$$ in the register but contracts on minimums set by Apple to carriers. Success is ACTIVATED handsets. So what’s that number?

    • DickGozinya

      Ok troll. Keep trolling on.

    • phreezerburn

      So no answer. Ok another for you then. What portion of the “sold’ iPhone 5 handsets is still in carrier inventory globally? They’ve had more than enough time to post an “activated” number.

  • Fawoo

    To you probably. Guess who’s actually buying the 5C? Parents who want to buy their kids a phone.

    I was at the mall the other day and essentially every parent with their (assumed) child was talking about the 5C. I was actually quite shocked, but hey I guess it’s working for Apple.

    • davedooter

      Kids are iPhones target market, so that makes sense.

  • wes

    I applaud Apple for what they’re capable of creating with their products, that is: a cult following. Joking aside. it’s only a phone. All mid to high range smartphones have pretty much the same functions, which are: texting, calling, emails and surfing. What separates one from the other is: how much you want to fork out, design and how gimicky you want it to be. Whether you’re pro android ios tizen firefox bb10…. they are all good in their own respect, the rest is all subjective. What’s better for one person doesn’t equate to better for another.

    Personally, I find it hard for me to fork out 600-720+taxes$ for a cellphone.
    1) I don’t find that a phone has the value of 600-720$+taxes. I have more important things to buy.
    2) I don’t believe in buy now pay later schemes. Except for a house, cause who has +300,000$ lying around? I’m old school like that. I’ve always lived by: don’t buy what you can’t afford.
    3) If I get something that does the job and costs a lot less. That means it’s more money in my pocket for other other more important things to buy.
    4) I find it ridiculous to pay 75$+ for a monthly cellphone bill (as per Fido Max plan). I’m paying 45$ for 6 gigs and voice plan, why would I pay 75$ for 500 mbs? Imagine how much it’s going to cost when you go over the 500 mbs. I mean, my gf is paying 29$ for 600 mbs… 75$ just so that one can get an iPhone? That’s 1104$+taxes more over 2 years. Meaning, that my gf can buy an iPhone straight up and still have money in the bank. Either way she saved herself 1104+taxes over two years, which means a nice vacation.

    Anyways, that’s my personal take. Happy for Apple. Happy for people who want to spend on Apple products. I’m also happy for the money that I have saved by shopping smart. I think people need a course on economics and finance, but that’s just my opinion.

  • bembol

    Apple keeps breaking records, is there a reason to release a bigger iPhone?

    Why fix it if it isn’t broken.

    • WhoCares

      Why fix it if it isn’t broken? Wasn’t that Blackberry’s motto?

  • StatelyAutomaton

    I think it’ll be important to get the sales numbers from China before we conclude if this is THE BEST LAUNCH EVAR. I remember a few days back we were hearing preorders from one Chinese provider of 100k+ alone. Considering this is a huge market that has never been tapped on launch day before, their sales in established markets might be down.

    • phreezerburn

      Do yourself a favour and lookup the Chinese market’s numbers for all handsets.

    • StatelyAutomaton

      Yeah, I was referring specifically to Apple launches, but glad to see your initiative.

  • Wasim

    I’m not going to sat the Iphone is a bad phone. Its not. In fact its a very good phone. However, other than the 64 bit processor and finger print scanner, its not bringing anything new to the market. I was never one to look at benchmarks, even within android phones, because benchmarks aren’t everything, If you think that spending $600-900 is worth it…then go for it, I wont judge you. But if anyone comes to show me their Iphone 5s and its cool features, Ill gladly pull out my $200 nexus 4, and reproduce those features, along with new ones you haven’t seen….

    Apple is successful because its doing 2 things right.

    1) its takes incomplete features from other phones and perfects it
    2) It introduced and innovative product (original IPhone) and has retained the market with a great marketing strategy

    You cant say android is better than IOS, or vise versa, because right now, they are very simmilar in terms of a feature set.

    The reason I dont go apple (or even the galaxy S4,3) is because, IMO lining up (cost of time) to spend 600-900 isnt worth on a phone that you will probably replace in a year or two. And I think thats why so many android uses make fun of “Isheep”. Because they are paying 200-300 more for something that’s actually worth 300-500. I can say the same thing for people who line up for the new galaxy phones too, its not just apple.

  • SaberX

    I Can’t believe how many people are still willing to pay top dollar for a
    device with only a 4″ screen. I bet any money that if half of those
    people tried a Galaxy note 3 or equivalent knowing that one device could
    be used in place of 2 devices (tablet & Phone), they would surely
    reconsider their purchase. 4″ screens are just too small, but I guess if
    apple was to increase their screen size they would lose iPad sales.
    Apple is a marketing company more than a technology company. They have
    to protect their entire line of devices even if it means crippling one
    to maintain sales of the other.

    • marshallpower

      Couldn’t agree more! and people are saying this is called “optimization of space” You can’t make an HDTV out of a laptop screen just like it is very useful to watch Youtube in full screen mode and not only on the regular webpage.

    • Jesse

      The screen might be to small for you but not everyone has the same likes as you.. For me personally I like a screen thats 4.3″ like when I had my Samsung Galaxy SII LTE however any larger screen is just to big for me..

    • SaberX

      Why do i need to carry an iPad to read my documents/books and an iPhone to make calls? The reality is that people want convenience, especially business people who don’t have time to deal with multiple electronic devices on the go, but still need to be able to multitask (ie: “conveniently” access/edit electronic documents and take calls). Why do I need to have 2 devices when I can simply carry one that does both? I am not knocking any one hardware manufacturer or operating system. I am simply stating that Apples idea of convenience is to carry an iPhone and iPad, which I simply think is inconvenient for most people. For the period of time that I have been using a Galaxy Note II (or any other large screen phone), I have not used my tablet at all.

    • davedooter

      You are making too much sense for an iPhone owner to comprehend. They believe the screen size they have is the right size until Apple releases a 4.5 inch screen and they didn’t know how they lived without the bigger screen.

      iPhone owners are no different than the Beatles screaming girl fans.

  • Jesse

    Well that answers that… As much as i or we… may look down on Apple for not innovating or adding simple features like NFC to their newest phone or making the screen size bigger… They release what may be the least innovative phone they have ever released, and get the best profits they have ever received!

    Apple increases their profits more and more with each phone… why should they change their strategy? it’s clearly working, whether we agree with it or not.

  • marshallpower

    9 millions of bugs declared I think as well. Look on Twitter….

  • Jonavin

    9 million x $599 (lowest 5C model) is over 5 billion dollars revenue in one weekend. That’s more than what Blackberry just got sold for.

  • PT

    “Over 9 million new iPhones (iPhone 5c and 5s) were sold in the first three days.”

    yeah! right! sure!

    • downhilldude

      Sold to telcos or users?

  • BeforeOld

    I love how that even in the face of fact and hard numbers, the Android fanboys still can’t admit they’re losing the battle. Apple makes more profit than any other handset manufacturer, regardless of market share. Then, to top it off, they push out a record number of sales on the first weekend the device is out and they have the highest adoption rate for iOS 7 updates. But, as always, the Android users close their eyes and ears and pretend like it’s not true. Pretty sad when a dual core CPU with 1 GB of RAM beats your 1.9GHz quadcore with like 3GB of RAM.

    • davedooter

      Android has a 45% market share to Apples 30% market share yet Android are “losing the battle” LOOOOOOOOOL

      What “battle”?

      You Apple users sure are fat losers, aren’t you. A bunch of teenage fat dorks going online to comment on figment “battles” and crying when someone doesn’t support their device of choice. Not everyone wants a phone that is geared towards middle aged lazy fat women like the iPhone. Get over it you whiny gross a*s pimple. :)

  • Ali F.

    That’s it for all. The only two left are ios and Android and it is getting bowring. This is the time for a new comer with new idea. I think all tech savvy are ready for the new mobile prophet.

  • Smartphone_Expert

    ya that’s 9 million sold to carriers across the world. Doesn’t mean 9 million actually sold to consumers. And these stats are coming from Apple, So i’d bet these numbers are over exaggerated to promote extra sales

    • 01011001001

      actually that’s likely just iPhones selling from within their own stores not through carriers. It was sold through 7-8 different countries on first weekend after all.

    • Smartphone_Expert

      Well if so I wouldn’t believe the number coming from Apple anyways, they’d most likely exaggerate the numbers for marketing purposes to make themselves look better. Its a strategy by most companies to exaggerate the numbers. No company will come out and say bluntly we are not selling that many. Even Blackberry when they first launched the Z10 the CEO was like ya we’re selling a boat load and BB10 is doing so well. And after months went by we got the actual truth of $1 Billion worth of unsold Z10’s.

  • 01011001001

    actually the iPhone 5c is a rebranded iPhone 5 that much is true and known to the world. The 5s is the upgraded version, better cpu, fingerprint reader, dual LED flash etc.

  • _ThaNerd_

    9 million iSheep i****s in the world, 9 million iSheep. Take one down, pass it around, 9 million iSheep i****s in the world…

  • Bexon

    2, one for me ( White ) and one for my Wife ( Gold ).
    I tried LG G2 its Childish phone, generally android is Childish ! No offence, multimedia and whether is all what you get on it.