Apple sells record number of iPhones

2013-09-23 15:16
Customers wait in line to purchase new iPhones at an Apple store in Tokyo. (Kyodo News, AP)

Customers wait in line to purchase new iPhones at an Apple store in Tokyo. (Kyodo News, AP)

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Cape Town - Apple has announced that it has sold a record number of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models in the weekend of the launch of the devices.

The Cupertino-based company said that it had sold nine million of the new smartphones after launch on 20 September.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet - more than nine million new iPhones sold - a new record for first weekend sales," said CEO Tim Cook.

He alluded to some delays in delivering the new devices, saying that the company is moving to increase supplies.

"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."

Apple released the latest iPhone with its new iOS 7 operating system on Friday, but some critics have been less than enthusiastic.

SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested the device for durability and found that it was more prone to break than its predecessor, the iPhone 5.

Despite the fingerprint sensor and the promise of increased security, a German group, Chaos Computing Club, claimed to have bypassed the feature on the new iPhone.

While Apple has not said when the devices will be released in SA, it is likely that they will be launched in the country before 25 December.

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