Apple announced on Monday that it sold a record 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first three days of sales. The number includes the 4 million units sold via preorder. Apple’s latest flagship handsets have been reported out of stock around the world.
The 10 million number beats out last year’s record setting sales of 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets. As usual, Apple did not breakdown sales by handset.
Apple CEO Tim Cook:
“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier.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. 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.”
Currently, all iPhone 6 Plus models show a shipping time of 3-4 weeks in Apple’s online store. While the iPhone 6 is also in short supply, its supply shortage is less constrained.
Last years numbers for opening weekend sales included China, where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not yet available due to regulatory delays. Making this year’s sales numbers all that much more remarkable.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on September 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.