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]

  • n0ahcruz3

    First! Damn it tmobile wheres my i6? So much for preordering..

    • G-HaB

      i will never pre order again this is my first iphone that i didnt pre order and i was able to walk in to sprint on launch day and get my iphone on sept 19/usually when i pre order i dont get the phone til oct 16th

      • Jack Wong

        Because you are getting it with contract, the contract free phone stock is very limited.

      • George Kunnath

        plus?

      • G-HaB

        no the iphone 6 i got on launch day at sprint store im still waiting for 6 plus black 64gb because i pre-ordered but i had no choice i had to pre order the 6 plus

      • George Kunnath

        yea I have mine on pre order comes in Oct 12-20th
        I don’t know which case to buy, and screen protector

      • G-HaB

        (skinomi) on amazon it is a protective shield for any phone i have been using them since iphone 4s 5 and 5s and i have never scratched or damaged any phone it protects the whole phone from the front and back. comes with a life time warranty

      • Guest

        premium feel of a cheap case lol

    • Alberto Espinal

      When are you getting yours?

      • n0ahcruz3

        I dont know, this is the first iphone that i pre ordered. I ordered tru tmobile. No tracking number yet. I will never preorder from carriers again.

  • Shawn

    And people say Apple is dying. Or on a downward spiral. Numbers don’t lie.

    • BoardDWorld

      Nah you don’t get much of that anymore… They have all eaten their own words for quite a while now.

    • Yujin

      When Samsung Crap note releases and sells 2 millions in 6 months people will again swallow their words. But this is always the case. Samsung could sell 400 millions phones and apple will still make more money cause they don’t waste money on useless half baked tech.

    • jack

      lol.. numbers do lie… one day if you work with them you’ll know.. (I’m working on a $65m budget in my job)

    • Jonathan

      nor die. 😀

  • kay appleseed

    dont say it out loud! It hurts Our buddy Samsung, or else they will come up again with their ugly ad campaign……

    • Ваше Онтатиле Масвибилили

      wait till they hear China sales haven’t yet started…

    • Capirexz

      Samsung’s butt hurt?

  • iBanks

    I guess everyone was waiting for that 2012 Nexus to finally become an iPhone huh? Now the jokes on them. I wonder how many Note 4’s were preordered on iPhone’s launch date this past Friday. I’m sure Samsung would make up some lovely number. Lol

    • applebrainwashespeople

      i preordered my note 4!!!

      • iBanks

        Aaaawwww….!

      • Jonathan

        Hope it gets lost in shipment.

  • Dan

    hopefully the sales and new adopters of iOS 8 will motivate them to get their heads out of their @sses and fix iCloud drive. I made the move and I find it absurd that I can’t even access my drive pictures from my Phone (make an app like Dropbox??). On a PC, go on the iCloud site and don’t even have thumbnails to see the pics before you click on them…

    /rant

    • Al

      I’m disappointed in the lack of updated apps. Granted the iPhones just released… I wonder what does the devs have to have the new released iPhones in order to scale the apps?

      • iBanks

        Lol! How can you be disappointed but understand that the phones just released? You expected the devs to make this happen overnight? Geez!

  • Blaqheart

    Samsung…..

  • @dongiuj

    I think it should be 4 million sold in one week. After all, it took one week of pre-orders to get to that number.

    • Wait, you think Apple is lying about its numbers?

      • @dongiuj

        I didn’t say anything about lying. I just think it took a week to get to that 4 million orders so on the day of release they can officially say that they have sold that number in the first 24 hours. I’m really sorry if I’m completely wrong about this and I mean no disrespect to the people that have nothing negative to say about apple. So I hope there are no hard feelings about what I just said about the figures.

      • Dan

        If that’s the case, you are right. That week of preorders would be a very good head start.

      • iBanks

        It wouldn’t have been a week. The 4 million preorder announcement was made on the 15th, phones went on pre-order on the 12th.

      • @dongiuj

        Oh god, I read that wrong at the top there….lol
        I apologise.

      • iBanks

        No need to apologize bro, we all skim over things. Just know, APPLE KILLED IT! 

      • @dongiuj

        Sorry, I read the top part wrong. I apologise about that, Christian.

    • iBanks

      Well, in a sense, that won’t be right. Pre-orders aren’t “sold” until shipped. I have customers waiting until Oct 31st for their devices to be Shipped and cards won’t be charged until shipped, hence sold. So the 4 million sold you speak of may be actual shipped to customer items and not pre-orders.

      • @dongiuj

        It’s possible you’re right. It’s also possible that I’m right if you look at my comment below replying to my good friend Christian Zibreg…. I explain a little more why I have my opinion on this.

  • praz

    Is this number including the exchange number? I believe many handsets were exchanged. For example many people on various forums have returned the 6 plus and got the 6 instead and vice versa.

    • diggitydang

      I think it’s TOTAL numbers of 6 and 6 plus, no? The article reads that way and it was the same for the 5s and 5c… I think the numbers don’t include returns, but at least it’s not Samsung’s amount “shipped”, which they used for the Gear watch to make it sound like it was something that was actually, you know, SELLING!!

      • praz

        i completely agree with you about samsung they were wrong that time . probably apple should bifurcate the number if they can.

      • Rowan09

        Samsung stopped giving sales figures once they noticed sales where lagging. To my understanding only Apple and Sony gives sold figures for electronic devices.

    • iBanks

      When you exchange something it becomes a wash. If an item is refunded, it’s brought back into inventory in which will minus one from total sales.

  • Jason Baroni

    Hmm… “Just” a million more than the last year, however, considering that most are keeping the 5s and the 5c, it’s a pretty big record.

  • Nice stats but how many of those were returned because people didn’t like the Plus and went for the 6 or went back to their 5s/5/4s? Does this also include people who preordered but cancelled because they are fed up with not getting their devices? I know I’m one of those who ordered minutes before it went live and still have nothing to show for it except money taken out of my bank account and an October 2nd release date, which will probably change again. While it’s nice to see Apple sold a lot, they should work harder at their customer service as well as working with the carriers to get the devices out on time and in the amount needed.

    • Saeed ghattas

      You mean those 1267 people out of the 10 million? Who count them?
      Don’t worry it doesn’t matter.

    • iBanks

      I don’t think unpaid pre-orders are accounted for. At least at my job, you’re not charged until your item is shipped.

      • Thought the samething but confirmed it with att that the money was in fact taken out. Called my bank and got the same information. yet att can’t give me tracking information or any details other then Oct 2nd for shipment. Makes no sense. They really messed up this time with preorders. Never again, i’ll just buy without 2 year contracts going forward. Horrible service! Heck I can’t even cancel my order because it’s pending shipment and paid for.. yet they can’t tell me when it’s going to ship. Unreal!

      • iBanks

        At VZ. No money is withdrawn until device ships. But for them to not know shipping dates makes sense, they don’t know when they will Apple will have manufactured enough to fulfill the pre-orders prior to yours ya know.

      • Fanboy 

        Lol, why did you order through your carrier. Apple website is always a guaranteed delivery and they don’t charge you until your item is getting shipped.

      • Because Apple messed up my preorder last time. And now att messed it up this time. Moral of the story, no more preorders. I’ll just buy the phone a year later and won’t have to worry about them messing everything up.

  • Avinash

    Apple is doomed, oh wait…

    • Bob

      lol shots fired

  • hebron2000

    So the sals not as the expected
    Samsung happy this year

  • iBanks

    So, I’m wondering, being that Apple typically announce actual sales into the consumers hands, does this include sales that the carriers made too? Or is this solely Apple stores and apple website orders? If it doesn’t include carrier sales, this launch is CCRRAAZZYY!!

  • Kurt

    And fanboys said 4″ was perfect haha…you will enjoy the iPhone plus. Awesome size

    • RarestName

      R.I.P. smaller flagship phones 🙁

      • Kurt

        4S is still beautiful. Little but beautiful

    • Jack Wong

      Other than the screen size, Apple has also tweak the OS to make it a little easier to navigate.

      If bigger is better than I expect to see 7″ phone as the main stream from Samsung/LG…

      I can’t wait to see the sales between 6 and 6 Plus.

      • Kurt

        I personally don’t care for sales as I’m not into stocks. But this will be a great year for iPhone.

    • N&LH

      Well Samsung did not bring large screen to the market. Dell was the first to bring large screen too the market Samsung brought nothing

      • Kurt

        You’re so dumb and a troll.

        Apple didn’t bring smart phones to the market. That was Palm. (I know you didn’t know that)…Apple started the smartphone craze. Samsung started the phablet craze. Apple is copying as much as Samsung was copying. They love each other.

  • Ваше Онтатиле Масвибилили

    now imagine where the numbers would be if China was included…

    • Alberto Espinal

      I said that before, OMG if China was included, lets wait when Apple lunches in China its going to be insane!!

  • MagicDrumSticks

    Wow. You guys are such hypocrites. First you complain about Samsung bashing Apple in your commercials, but all I see in the comments is a bunch of fanboys bashing Samsung. So don’t complain

    • iBanks

      They didn’t bash Samsungs products, which is the opposite of what Samsung did to Apple. But I wouldn’t call it bashing if they are speaking of sales figures vs Samsung’s. Numbers don’t lie.

  • NeftyCorrea

    KILL EM lol i want a picture with TIM COOK lol

  • Tom B

    i love my iphone 6 but the camera should NOT stick out!! it ruins an almost perfect design!

    • iBanks

      It’s perfect with the camera sticking out.

      • Guest

        Good God you are pathetic

    • Gary LE

      Thats why you need a case.

    • Jonathan

      Then you’d have a fatter iPhone. Generally, the thickness of a device depends on the camera. Since Apple wanted to make it as thin as possible, they let the camera, which doesn’t have any technology yet to make it thinner, stick out a little bit to allow the iPhone to remain thin.

      You can have:
      A thin phone with a protruding camera
      A thick phone with no protruding camera.

  • applebrainwashespeople

    how many of these 10 million iphones were bought to do drop tests, water tests, scratch/knife tests for YouTube videos? by the amount of vids i see on YouTube, I’d say at least 3 million.

    • felixtaf

      Have you lost your mind?

    • MereUser

      Your point being?

    • Kurt

      probably more than 10 just to do the fake Android Apple Authority fake video.

  • gittlopctbi

    10 mil sold, that’s awesome! Guess you large-screen Samsung Fanboy bashers were completely wrong. Especially on the 5.5″. Totally eating crow there. Can’t wait to get my 6+.

  • siddique

    which one people bought most? iPhone 6 or 6 plus??

  • Bugs Bunnay

    so much for people saying they wouldn’t buy it because it looks ugly, antenna breaks, almost same specs as last year, no innovation, htc copy cat, etc etc.

    • Alberto Espinal

      Hahahaha no one they all had eaten their words

  • Alberto Espinal

    Imagine if China was included OMG!

  • Yujin

    I couldn’t pre-order and waited in line since 3am just to be left with out nothing due to those damn Chinese resellers who made up 90% of the damn 800 people line (at grand central store)

    What worked was checking online availability and order for pick up. I checked at 6AM Saturday and just had to pick it up. Sure I had to go to Augusta, GA but heck. I got one. Lol

  • Johnny Wilson

    My local AT&T store told me not to preorder because of an extremely long wait time on orders and that I was better off waiting at the doors on the release date. I showed up early and waited in line for them to open only to find out they only got 4 iPhone 6 models and no 6 plus models at all. Now they’re telling me to order one with an even longer wait time than I would have had if I had preordered possibly going into next year. I’m really frustrated and sick of AT&T’s crap!

  • jack

    DOOMED !!!!!!!!!

  • TwinSon

    10 millions phones sold and T-Mobile can’t get my damn 64GB Space Grey 6+ even though I pre-ordered on the 12th. Pathetic!! I’m about to ask for an account credit for the trouble.

    • n0ahcruz3

      I feel you man. I dont even have a tracking number yet. First time tmobile switching from att. So far its been a terrible experience. They need to fire their logistics team.

  • J™

    Like i said… it doesn’t matter what the apple-haters/android-junkies say or think, it still gonna sell like hotcakes.

  • despite more distribution channels the S5 is hardly moving..even the 5s outsold them back in May/June