New iPhone Sales Smash Record

Chinese buyers likely helped Apple sell 13M in first weekend
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2015 10:03 AM CDT
New iPhone Sales Smash Record
People queue up to buy Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 outside the Apple store at The Grove in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(Newser) – Another iPhone, another record smashed. Yes, Apple hit a new height with more than 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices sold over the weekend. That "phenomenal" number beats "any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history," Tim Cook says in a statement, adding customers are apparently already in love with the phones' new features, 3D Touch and Live Photos. The Verge points out Apple probably owes the record to Chinese buyers; sales figures from China, Apple's second-largest market behind the US, were included in the first weekend sales for the first time.

Though it isn't clear how many phones were sold in China, Apple sold 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus during last year's opening weekend by comparison and 9 million units of the iPhone 5S and 5C in 2013. Analysts had predicted 12 million iPhone sales, reports Re/code. The Sept. 25 release also included the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Singapore, reports Apple Insider. The phones will be available in another 40 countries on Oct. 9, and in more than 130 countries by the end of the year. (Read more Apple stories.)

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