Apple’s freshly launched iPhone 5 is not only its smartest, slimmest and lightest handset ever, but also the fastest selling, shifting more than five million units in its first weekend in market.
The sixth-generation blower went on sale on September 21st amid much buzz and ballyhoo, with a staggering two million units reserved within the first 24 hours of pre-order availability. Now Apple has officially revealed it has sold a record five million iPhone 5s in the nine countries around the world (including the UK) where it is currently available.
“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”
Despite its commercial success, the iPhone 5 launch has been marred by harsh criticism directed at the less than stellar Apple-designed Maps application on board, which replaces Google Maps as the handset’s native mapping software.
As it stands, Apple’s maps are currently strewed with inaccuracies whereby locations are not only misspelt and misplaced, but also wholly missing in many cases, making it nigh on useless for a large number of users.
There have also been complaints that the iPhone 5 drains battery a lot quicker than its predecessors, contrary to Apple’s claims that it is more power-efficient.
Still, for now Apple will be pleased with the results, as will shareholders as the company’s stock price finally broke the $700-barrier, with some analysts already forecasting the company could be valued a trillion dollars in a year’s time if the Maps hiccup is dealt with swiftly.