iPhone 5S, 5C Sales Smash Record

Customers buy 9M on first weekend

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 23, 2013 9:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Apple's new iPhones went on sale this weekend, and it seems customers were plenty ready: They picked up more than 9 million units of the 5S and 5C, a record for the first weekend of sales, the company notes. "This is our best iPhone launch yet," CEO Tim Cook says in a press release, via Business Insider. The site notes that sales might have been even higher had more units been available: Apple nearly sold out of the phones this weekend, but retailers are still getting regular shipments, the company says. Some 5 million units of the original iPhone 5 were sold on its opening weekend, the Verge notes.

The second customer in line, Jesse Green, age 15, makes one of several jumps he repeatedly performed holding a boxed iPhone 5S upon leaving an Apple Store London, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
The second customer in line, Jesse Green, age 15, makes one of several jumps he repeatedly performed holding a boxed iPhone 5S upon leaving an Apple Store London, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Apple sales associates cheer customers waiting in line for the latest versions of the iPhone at an Apple Store in Glendale, Calif., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
Apple sales associates cheer customers waiting in line for the latest versions of the iPhone at an Apple Store in Glendale, Calif., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Customers pose for photos with units of the new iPhone 5S bought during the opening day of sales in Glendale, Calif., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.
Customers pose for photos with units of the new iPhone 5S bought during the opening day of sales in Glendale, Calif., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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