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iPhone 6S sales may not be universally strong

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The iPhone 6S might not be the quite the sales phenomenon that many have been suggesting after news of disappointing sales have emerged from Japan.

Apple might have sold 13 million iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus handsets in their first weekend of availability, but signs are emerging that its launch might not have been a universal success.

The two new phones were launched in 12 territories on September 25. One of those launch territories was Japan where, as elsewhere, the iPhone has historically been massive.

In fact, Apple's smartphone range accounted for 60 percent of all smartphone sales in the densely populated, tech-savvy country in 2014.

Which is why Apple may be a little alarmed to read that Japanese iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus sales in the first three days were down 10-15 percent on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year. That's according to research firm BCN (via DigiTimes) at least.

Leading Japanese network operator NTT DoCoMo reported that while iPhone 6S sales were strong, the number of people who lined up for the phone was lower than before.

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There is a possible reason for this that doesn't entail a mass cooling off on Apple gear. The Japanese network has announced precise dates when its stores will be getting more stock in, which could well have prompted many to stay away from those early queues.

It's quite possible, then, that the aforementioned shortfall in weekend sales will be made up over the coming weeks.

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