Apple sells five million iPhone 5 handsets in opening weekend


A million more iPhones sold in device’s first three days than at last year’s 4S launch

Worldwide sales of the iPhone 5 have topped five million in the first three days since release, a million more than the 4S did in over the same period.

Apple added over the weekend 100 million devices have been updated with the new iOS6 software which comes built into the new model.

According to the manufacturer demand for the device has meant some direct customer pre-orders will not be shipped until October. The iPhone 5 is currently only on sale in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia with a further 22 countries receiving the device on Friday (September 28).

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “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.”

In the opening weekend of the iPhone 4S’s sale in October last year, four million devices were sold worldwide with over 25 million updating devices to its iOS 5.