Apple reveals iPhone 5 pre-orders top 2m in just 24 hours

17 Sep 2012

The iPhone 5

Pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 5 smartphone topped 2m in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of 1m held by the iPhone 4S, Apple has revealed.

Last week, Apple revealed its latest creation, a smartphone 18pc thinner and 20pc lighter than the iPhone 4S. As well as including a new A6 processor, it reckons to be twice as fast as the A5, comes with a 4-inch Retina display, a new ultra-fast wireless technology and an 8-megapixel camera utilising a new technology called iSight.

The device also comes with the new iOS 6 operating system, Facebook integration, new navigation capabilities, including turn-by-turn and Flyover view, as well as new Siri features.

“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing.

“iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

The new smartphone goes on sale on Friday (21 September) in the US at more than 365 Apple retail stores at 8am.

The device will then go on sale on 28 September in 22 more countries, including Ireland.

It will be available in the US for for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model and US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the 64GB model.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years