Apple has revealed that with just days to go until this Friday’s September 21st iPhone 5 release date, the eagerly awaited smartphone has broken pre-order sales records with 2 million handsets shifted during its opening 24 hours on sale.
Doubling the previous day-one pre-orders record held by last year’s iPhone 4S, Apple has confirmed that the unrivalled popularity of the iPhone 5 will see stocks of the in-demand Samsung Galaxy S3 rival run short at launch with the iPad manufacturer stating “many are scheduled to be delivered in October.”
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"iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal," Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said in a statement announcing the lofty pre-order milestone.
Whilst Apple's Natalie Kerris has revealed the company is "blown away" by the pre-order response to the recently unveiled iPhone 5, Apple has confirmed that many wannabe iPhone 5 owners will be forced to wait beyond the September 21st release date to get their hands on the long awaited device.
With the official Apple website now listing iPhone 5 shipping dates as “2-3 weeks,” Apple’s statement has announced: “Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.”
Long the thing of rumour and speculation, the iPhone 5 was officially unveiled last week with a raft of high-end innards and an all new form factor. Slimming down to just 7.6mm thick, the iPhone 5 specs are bolstered by a new 4-inch 1136 x 640p Retina display, up from the previous 3.5-inch offering, and a new A6 processor.
Elsewhere, the handset has been handed a revised 8-megpiaxel rear-mounted camera with 1080p Full HD video recording and a newly located front-facing camera that offers 720p video capture.
Set to hit EE in the UK, one of the iPhone 5’s most high-profile additions sees the device packing 4G LTE connectivity options for high-speed wireless internet access.
Hitting the UK and US simultaneously Apple has revealed that the September 21st iPhone 5 release date will see early adopters needing to fork out a hefty £529 in order to snap up the 16GB iPhone 5 in either black or white colour forms.
Those looking for a larger storage capacity will be able to part ways with £599 and £699 for the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 respectively.
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