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Apple iPhone 5 sales top 5 million during the first weekend

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We saw a brief statement from Apple not all that long back about how the pre-order sales were going for the iPhone 5. And well, we are now sitting on the Monday following the official launch weekend and as many were waiting for expecting — Apple has dropped the press release. In this case, they are touting as having sold more than 5 million iPhone 5′s.

“Apple today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.”

And while 5 million in sales is pretty impressive, we have to look at the second point — the one about iOS. According to the information Apple provided — more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated. That says something. That says that the update process is easy and relatively painless. Even more so that you can now do it all over-the-air. Of course, we think about Android and the slow updates, but we do have to consider some of the reason that Apple can have 100 million people upgrading is because of the limited hardware, of which they made and control all of it. Still, 100 million older devices were upgraded in the first weekend of availability.

Otherwise, the iPhone 5 is currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. Apple also confirmed that another 22 countries will have the iPhone 5 available on September 28th and that they are working towards having the phone available in more than 100 countries by years end. That being said, those next 22 countries include the following;

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Via [Apple]

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