Apple iPhone 5 weekend sales pass 5 million mark

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 weekend sales have bounded past the 5 million mark, according to an announcement by Apple. Apart from this, the company also noted that over a 100 million devices have been updated to iOS 6. While Cupertino is keen on making sure that its latest smartphone reaches over a 100 nations before 2013, it will be available in a total of 31 countries by the next few weeks.

“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,” cited Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

Apple Retail Outlet

Though pre-orders for the new iPhone kicked off a couple of weeks ago, it was only last Friday that fans could stroll over to retail outlets and pick one up. Of course, ‘stroll over’ may be the wrong words to use since Apple outlets are known for looking nothing as fan frenzy-free as pictured above, on any iDevice launch day. Just as expected, the huge demand for the handset has led to shortage in initial supply. So a few delays here and there can hardly be avoided.

Considering the 5 million weekend sales record crossed by the iPhone 5, it’ll be very interesting to see how other countries across the globe react to the device come September 28.