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It may have taken longer than expected (rattling Wall Street investors in the process), but the official numbers are now in: Apple has managed to move a combined nine million new handsets during the opening weekend. Analysts were expecting thirteen million iPhone 5s/5c units during the first ten days of availability so clearly Wall Street has reasons to celebrate.

Indeed, investors have given the stock a much-needed boost as $AAPL inched toward $500 in pre-market trading. In addition, Apple said that 200 million people have upgraded their devices to iOS 7 since its public release last Wednesday, September 18. During its September 10 keynote, Tim Cook said Apple will ship its 700 millionth iOS device next month…

By the way: that’s sold, not shipped.

The company did not provide an update on when to expect the second wave of iPhone launches the world over. The press release calls iPhone sales “a record-breaking” figure while dubbing iOS 7 “the fastest software upgrade in history”.

Indeed, that’s an 80 percent increase compared to last year’s opening weekend sales of the iPhone 5, which moved five million units during its first three days of availability. Note that today’s number excludes sales of older iPhones such as the iPhone 4s – it’s nine million combined iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets.

I guess Tim Cook & Co. get to keep their job.

Apple quotes its chief executive as saying:

This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales.

The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.

Last Friday, Cook made a surprising visit to Apple’s Palo Alto store to mingle with customers.

Tim Cook at Palo Alto store 001

He also sent out his first tweet to tell the world that “seeing so many happy customers reminds us of why we do what we do”.

Both new iPhones are currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.

Some pundits are criticizing the company for not breaking down iPhone sales by model, forgetting Apple has never provided a per-model count for iPhones, iPads or iPods.

iOS device launch performance (Horace Dediu 001)
iOS device launch performance vs Samsung Galaxies via Horace Dediu.

Apple acknowledges that demand for iPhone 5s “has exceeded the initial supply”, with many online orders scheduled to be shipped “in the coming weeks”. Indeed, in less than 72 hours after launch Apple sold out of all of its initial iPhone 5s supplies, with shipping estimates for all configurations in the US slipping from 7–10 days to the vague date of ‘October’.

Another data point: Over eleven million unique listeners have tuned in to iTunes Radio since its arrival as part of last Wednesday’s iOS 7 launch.

The most listened to song?

“Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake.

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  • Akmal

    I didnt get, will they sell 9M or they have sold 9M

    • CASEACE79

      Really? Did you not read the 1st sentence in the 1st paragraph. It even said numbers are in. Now how could numbers be in if they’re not done counting them?

    • MagicDrumSticks

      You have no common sense

  • Disgusting

    What they didn’t tell you is that those 200M were brainless people with no taste hence why they upgraded to the trash which is iOS 7. Have fun having your incinerated.

    • Willie

      If iOS 7 is trash? that explains your name.

    • Dontwannaknow

      Brainless? Even though you don’t like, you don’t have to insult others.

    • Simmer

      iOS7 was designed for preteens and LSD users. The iPhone 5s looks like an oxymoron with iOS7

    • Sokrates

      Have fun with whatever you have then.

      Do you know Plato’s allegory of the cave? You’re the one in the cave.

    • Qiren_94

      “Have fun having your incinerated.”?
      I think you should really consider going back to school or take extra english classes.

      • Disgusting

        I was waiting for one of you blind morons to notice so I could see just how fried your eyes have become. Good job qiren. You’re slightly less blind than the rest of your iOS 7 bum boys.

  • Khan Rulzz

    Samsung is still selling tons of cheap phones but its not even close to Apple !!!!!

  • Dontwannaknow

    I haven’t get my hand on 5s yet since gold color supply is limited.

  • Sokrates

    Yeah yeah, he knew it. 😉

  • n0ahcruz3

    Wow i guess im wrong about the 5s. Anyway 5c is still crap to me. still waiting for iDB iPhone 5S giveaway! lol

  • Raashid

    As if those 200M users had a choice to go to iOS 7, or even knew what iOS is for that matter…great marketing tactic Apple.

    • Maxim∑

      They actually did have a choice so I don’t see what your problem is

      • Raashid

        You call this (wp me/p3K8t9-R) a choice? How ignoramus can you get…

      • felixtaf

        Most people who dont want to update are in jailbreak. If u r on jailbreak and dont know how to stop automatic updates – there is no point in having a jailbroken phone then.
        Yes, its stupid that it downloads automatically.

      • Jason

        iOS doesn’t force you to update, the choice is yours, 200million people either activated a new iPhone with iOS7 installed on their new 5s or 5c or they manually updated, there is no auto update for the iOS, iOS7 does however offer auto updates for installed apps.
        Why don’t you people know this!?

      • felixtaf

        Before you say something, read the comments. Why dont you know that iOS7 DOWNLOADS by default in iDevices, but gives you an option to install or not. Thats what I said. If you are on a jailbroken phone, you can always stop that. But a stock phone cant do that. Imagine an 8gb 4 or 4S has ~800 mb IPSW in cache.

        And 200 million is based on the installation data, not download data. I never said anything against it.

      • Jason

        Raashid said “as if those 200million had a choice to go to iOS 7” and you said “yes its stupid that it downloads automatically”
        And as for this auto download of installation files, it didn’t happen on my iPhone or iPad and it never has, so unless you can show me I’m wrong I’m gonna call bull shit.

      • felixtaf

        http://bit dot ly/16KQkNW – Sinfuliphone thread.

        wp dot me/p3K8t9-R – wordpress – ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I personally never checked it, coz i updated straight from beta!

      • Jason

        Well it seems you are right, I never noticed since I updated upon release of iOS 7, I must say that does sound troublesome, I won’t mind but not everyone has unlimited data plans.

      • planetcoalition

        And when Google forces people to update their Chrome by introducing automatic updates, you apparently don’t care.

      • Raashid

        First off, you’re comparing an entire OS to a web browser, numbskull. Second off, at least Chrome officially gives me the option to make it look and work the way I want it to, unlike iOS that officially dictates everything. Finally, compared to the competition, chrome isn’t significantly lacking features.

    • mehrab

      Actually most people well I”d say pretty much all knew about iOS 7 look at twitter,Facebook it was hyped since WWDC 2013 lol them girls who don’t know crap about tech from ages “13-40?” Were freaking excited during their phone getting updated

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    Given that they included China from the strat I expected better number.

    Sitll a good result

  • Rowan09

    These Wall Street clowns amaze me. Where’s all the “Apple is Dead” people? If they actually had a larger supply they would have sold more. I can’t wait to get my hands on my gold 5s.

    • Terence Ho

      It’s all stock manipulation! lol

      • Rowan09

        I agree

  • Joonyaboy

    Selling 9 million of anything is just simply amazing

  • Dave Becker

    iPhone 5S = iPhone 5 “Super”
    iPhone 5C = iPhone 5 “Crap”

  • Luis Moraes

    the iPhone 4S tops the Galaxy SII / SIII / S4 together

  • David Chen Ta Wi

    if you need to unlock your iphone goto www officialimeiunlock com

  • It may have taken longer than expected (rattling Wall Street investors in the process), but the official numbers are now in: Apple has managed to move a combined nine million new handsets during the opening weekend. Analysts were expecting thirteen million iPhone 5s/5c units during the first ten days of availability so clearly Wall Street has reasons to celebrate.