When the news came of ‘record lines’ at Apple’s NYC store, it felt like a contrived move for headlines – and it probably was. But while that seemed like a desperation move, Apple’s press release today is a triumph of the continued consumer demand for the iPhone. The iPhone 5c and 5s sold over 9 million units in the opening weekend!
In the press release, Apple highlights a few interesting numbers from the last several days:
- The 9 million sales are just the iPhone 5s and 5c, and happened in spite of constrained supply, particularly of the coveted Gold 5s.
- More than 200 million people are now using iOS 7, which Apple calls the “fastest software upgrade in history”.
- More than 11 million individual users have already used iTunes Radio, which is a great adoption rate – especially since the service is US only right now! Having used it … I’m tremendously impressed.
The 9 million this year compares with 5 million last year for the iPhone 5 and 4 million for the 4S. With very few exceptions any device maker would be thrilled to sell 9 million over the product lifetime – let alone in the opening weekend.
So … did you get an iPhone 5s or 5c this weekend? Or did you check out any of the crowds? What do you think?
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