iPhone 5 sales hit 5 million units in first three days

Following Friday’s iPhone 5 release date, Apple has confirmed that the eagerly awaited iOS 6 handset has broken launch records with a staggering 5 million iPhone 5 sales recorded in the handset’s opening three days.

With iPhone 5 pre-orders hitting a record breaking 2 million units in the smartphone’s opening 24 hours on sale, the newly confirmed three day iPhone 5 sales figures come as little surprise, with Apple now struggling to fulfil orders for the in-demand device.

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Speaking on the impressive numbers, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated: “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.”

Following a flurry of pre-release iPhone 5 rumours which suggested Apple was struggling to meet manufacturing targets for its eagerly awaited handset, Cook has confirmed that the iPad 3 and 2012 iPod touch manufacturer has now sold out of launch stock for the HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 920 rival.

He 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 and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

A testament to the must-have nature of the iPhone 5, Apple’s sales figures have eclipsed those of the handset’s closet rival, the Samsung Galaxy S3. Whilst the Samsung Galaxy S2 follow-on has become the Android handset of choice, Samsung revealed earlier this year that the quad-core handset took 100 days to reach the 20 million handset sales milestone, a marker the iPhone 5 is on track to reach in a matter of weeks.

Launching across nine global territories late last week, including the UK and US, iPhone 5 sales are expected to continue throughout the coming weeks with this Friday, September 28th, set to see the iPhone 4S replacement released across a further 22 countries. The iPhone 5 will be rolled out across more than 100 markets by the end of the year.

iPhone 5 Specs

Long the thing of mystery, the iPhone 5 was officially unveiled earlier this month with an all new form factor playing host to a larger, 4-inch display. Making the step up from the iPhone’s previous 3.5-inch screen standard, the 4-inch iPhone 5 Retina display boasts an 1136 x 640p resolution, 16:9 aspect ration and 326ppi image density.

Despite the increase in screen-based real-estate, Apple has managed to slim down its latest smartphone offering with the iPhone 5 lining up at a mere 7.6mm thick. Helping shed the millimetres, the iPhone 5 is the company’s first device to do away with the lonstading 30-pin dock connector in favour of the new, slimmer, faster Lightning connection.

Capable of running on 4G LTE networks, including the upcoming EE network in the UK, further iPhone 5 features see the handset sport a revised 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera and the new, dual-core A6 processor.

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