Apple sold a record-breaking nine million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units over launch weekend; over 200 million devices updated to iOS 7

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Apple has just announced that it has sold more than 9 million units of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c over the opening weekend.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale last Friday, September 20 in 10 countries including United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK.

Apple has issued the following statement:

Apple today announced it has sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, just three days after the launch of the new iPhones on September 20. In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history. 

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had this to say about the launch:

“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. “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.”

To get some perspective, Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 units last year and 4 million iPhone 4S units in 2011 over the opening weekend.

Last year, more than 100 million iOS devices were updated with iOS 6 when Apple announced the iPhone sales numbers. Over 200 million devices in such as short time is impressive, and probably the reason why Apple had so much trouble on the day of the iOS 7 release.

These numbers are even more impressive when you consider Apple didn’t take pre-orders for the iPhone 5s, and supply of the device has been severely constrained.

[via Apple]