First weekend of iPhone 5 sales top 5m, iOS 6 reaches 100m devices

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Apple has officially announced the figures for the iPhone 5’s opening weekend of sales and, just three days after its launch, more than 5m units have been sold. On top of this, more than 100m devices have upgraded to iOS 6.

The iPhone 5 is now available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, hitting Ireland and 21 other countries this Friday, 28 September. Demand exceeded supply in the opening weekend of its release, with many pre-orders scheduled to ship next month.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “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 and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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