Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million In First 24 Hours

Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million In First 24 Hours

Who said this was a “disappointment?”

Apple has issued a press release this morning confirming that iPhone 5 pre-orders topped two million units during its first 24 hours of availability. That’s more than double the record held by the handset’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S, and Apple has warned that while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered on launch day, September 21, “many” are scheduled to be delivered in October.

When iPhone 5 pre-orders went live on Friday, September 14, it took less than an hour for shipping estimates to slip to 2-3 weeks. In comparison, it took 24 hours for the same thing to happen to the iPhone 4S last October. The iPhone 5 always looked like it was going to be a record-breaker, then.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, said that customer response to the device has been phenomenal:

iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

The iPhone 5 will be the first iPhone to ship with a larger 4-inch display, 4G LTE connectivity, and Apple’s A6 processor. It’s also the thinnest, lightest iPhone Apple has released.

If you didn’t get your pre-order in before shipping estimates slipped, there’s still a chance you’ll get on on release day from one of the 365 Apple retail stores in the U.S., which will be opening at 8 a.m. local time on Friday.

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  • FriarNurgle

    Breaking records is great and I’m very happy for Apple… but it kinda sucks I have to wait till Oct 2nd for my phone to be delivered when I ordered it one hour and four minutes after it was released.

  • Noshiz TheNolifer

    One correction. It’s 356 Apple retail stores and not 365 :P

  • Karl Scott

    so a lot of people were disappointed with the iPhone 5?? haha well done Apple, all the negative publicity hasn’t distracted buyers from what will be a great phone. I was just thinking so it costs roughly $170 to make the iPhone 5 and sells for about $200 on contract and unlocked from Apple $529 ….. times that by 2million units pre-ordered in 24hrs…. WOW

  • Themetris

    Yes, it’s been a disappointment for those who miss that good-ol’ Steve Jobs’ magic, plus some ingenuity in industrial design or imagination in the tiresome iOS facade. It doesn’t mean the plebs will crave it any less.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Yes, it’s been a disappointment for those who miss that good-op’ Steve Jobs’ magic, plus some ingenuity in industrial design or imagination in the tiresome iOS facade.

    Except that’s a complete lie, troll.

  • Themetris
    Yes, it’s been a disappointment for those who miss that good-op’ Steve Jobs’ magic, plus some ingenuity in industrial design or imagination in the tiresome iOS facade.

    Except that’s a complete lie, troll.

    How is it a lie exactly?

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