Tim Cook (iPhone 6 launch, Palo Alto Apple Store)

After announcing record pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topping four million units in the first 24 hours, the Cupertino firm on Monday said it sold ten million units of both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 during the opening weekend, including the four million units sold in the first 24 hours of preorder sales.

The figure breaks the previous record of nine million units in the first three days of availability held by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year (the iPhone 5 sold five million unit during its opening weekend).

It must be noted that the iPhone 5s was not available for pre-order. On the other hand, unlike last year’s iPhone launch, this time around the iPhone 6 has not launched immediately in China, Apple’s second-largest market by revenue.

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced on September 9 and Apple started accepting pre-orders on Friday, September 12. This past Friday, September 19, the handset hit Apple and carrier stores across the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said sales exceeded Apple’s expectations for the launch weekend.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin,” he added.

”While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”

iphone 6 hands on

iPhone 6 stock remains constrained across the board. If you visit the Online Apple Store, the bigger 5.5-incher shows a 3-4 week delay. Its 4.7-inch counterpart ships within 7-10 business days.

Apple said the new phones will be available in more than 20 additional countries on Friday, September 26, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

International availability of each iPhone model (Graham Spencer 001)
Chart via Graham Spencer.

The handsets’ launch in China has been delayed over the lack of regulatory approval, as per a report from The New York Times. Last week, one of China’s two major wireless regulators has at last certified the handset, indicating that the iPhone 6’s release in the 1.33 billion people market should be nigh.

[Apple PR]