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New iPhone sells 5 million in 3 days

2012-09-24 15:30

APPLE sold out of its latest smartphone, with more than 5 million iPhone 5 sales in the three days after it hit stores, the company said on Monday.

That number blasted past sales of the iPhone 4. When Apple introduced it in October 2011, it sold more than 4 million units in its first weekend.

With the iPhone 5, Apple said that while the majority of preorders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to go out in October.

On Friday, Apple fans lined up around the world to get their hands on the new smartphone - which is thinner and lighter and has a bigger screen.

Shares of Apple were down 2.4% at $683.45 in premarket trading.


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Comments
  • rockafella.funksatar - 2012-09-24 15:49

    samsang is still better

      mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-09-24 17:46

      Real people don't care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-24 19:42

      you see people? if South africa put thir HEADS togehter and export the power of mind by CREATING products that would be sellable to the outside world - we'd be bringing it so much finances within the borders. Instead we aim to nationalise the lands and the minerals to bring money in the fat cat's pockets. using your mind is a never-exhausting export of intelligence - whereas the minerals are bound to come to an end eventually - THEN what?

      renny.meere - 2012-09-26 09:29

      I've always had a iphone & recently switched over to Samsung S3. I can honestly say and trust me I used to be a big apple fan but I'm totally in love with my samsung. All I can say to the iSheep is go to a Samsung shop & play around around a bit. When I use my wife's iPhone now it seems so primitive?

  • hendrikvs - 2012-09-24 16:14

    Apple will always be the best there is! Apple ROCKS!

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-24 16:15

    SAMSUNG Galaxy s3 much better smartphone than this ever built!! Here's an interesting feature on the fone! It has an eye movement sensor that follows your eyes as read on the fone! As soon as you take your eyes off the fone, the screen goes black to save on energy!!! AND that's what i call a smartphone!!! How's that for a useful feature!!!! Certainly something to think about for those nut heads in the design room at the laptop department at Apple HQ!!! The BEST feature of the iPhone 5 is that its got a bigger screen and slightly thinner!!!? and people flock to buy it!!!? At lost for words!!!!!

      lydonmcg - 2012-09-24 18:59

      And how much extra battery does it use in order to track your eyes? Fail. Just hit the lock button!

      rlong1952 - 2012-09-24 23:24

      That feature doesn't even work. For interest sake, have you ever had an iPhone, I think not, the quality is so far ahead of the S3 it is not even worth comparing. So, if you want a low quality phone that will last you a year tops, buy the Samsung, if you want quality, buy the Apple, simple.

      wo0two0t - 2012-09-25 13:21

      Saffa - I wouldn’t brag about the iPhone 5's quality it’s pretty bad - light bleed from the LCD when looking at the power button and I've heard a few people receiving defective iPhones out of the box - great quality eh. Sure apple is simple and easy to use that’s because it lacks functionality. It’s a one way street with Apple it’s their way or the highway. Example – Apple have only added the functionality to attach an image to an email while composing now – that is only a few YEARS behind every other smartphone manufacturer – same with copy and paste that was only added in late 2008 and they advertised it like it was the bee knees even though it was also years behind – why because Apple fans are loyal to the brand – they’re more interested in their image than a phone that does the job. Also Apple are so restrictive you cannot even rent a movie and watch it on your TV it’s restricted to the iPads screen?! Also a lot of YouTube content is restricted “you cannot watch this on a mobile device” yet my MOBILE Android phone works fine – iPad 3 nadda? I don’t know about you but who would want to be controlled like that – I prefer the freedom thanks.

      wo0two0t - 2012-09-25 14:03

      Also wtf - http://gizmodo.com/5945889/some-third+party-adapters-might-not-work-with-your-new-iphone

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-24 16:23

    Sheep and fan boys . What a following. Enjoy getting lost.

  • albertus.viljoen.58 - 2012-09-24 17:13

    Weird when anything apple is mentioned, all the samsung fanboys pop up! Agreed, its a good phone but I still cant understand the "mine is bigger than yours" mentality. If people like something, they will buy it, if they dont they won't. Its just a case of preference.

      simon.richansen - 2012-09-24 17:22

      I agree, I don't get it either. It's the same as getting all worked up over wearing an Adidas or Nike shirt. No one cares, get whatever you want.

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-25 07:35

      Ya but android is better

  • luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-09-24 17:41

    I don't know how I managed to get the iPhone 4 around may last year when News24 says it was released in October last year. Who knows maybe they mean the iPhone 4S.

  • ndimphiwe.luhabe - 2012-09-24 18:49

    I wonder hw much is this phone worth

  • tolo.maano - 2012-09-24 20:34

    I wonder how much is dat phone and how many been sold

      zaks2217 - 2012-09-25 07:34

      I think its 5million nt sure

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-09-24 21:44

    My nokia c2- 02 can slide.

  • wo0two0t - 2012-09-25 09:10

    Its pretty funny how many idiots we have on this planet. Im just looking at the patch notes for OSx6 on my iPad - I almost fell off my chair... Under Mail improvements "Insert photos and videos when composing emails" only now how backward are Apple - they where also a few years behind when it came to simple copy and paste functionality.

  • Tafae - 2012-09-25 12:12

    consumerist society. . . . .Doomed to fail. I still do very well with my 5110.

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