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Apple Announces Over Two Million iPhone 5 Pre-Orders in First Day of Sales

Following today's announcement by AT&T sharing word that the iPhone 5 has broken pre-order sales records at the carrier, Apple has issued a press release noting that it too saw record-breaking pre-orders of over two million units in the first 24 hours of availability. The performance breaks last year's record of one million iPhone 4S units pre-ordered on the first day of availability.
“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 iPhone 5 will be available beginning this Friday, September 21. The first pre-orders have begun shipping from China, but delivery companies will be coordinating to hold the shipments until Friday. Customers who did not pre-order the device have also begun lining up at a few Apple retail stores ahead of Friday's launch, although most of those seen so far are lining up for promotional purposes.

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29 months ago
2X CPU power
2X Graphics power
2X RAM
2X sales in the first 24 hours than last year to 2 million units

Ofcourse, as you know, Apple is doomed to hell and beyond for this innovation-less minor update.
Rating: 69 Votes
29 months ago
...It doesn't take a genius...
Rating: 55 Votes
29 months ago
I love when people write comments like "worst iPhone ever", "what were they thinking??" and "bye iPhone, hello S3" and then I hear news like this. Makes me smile :-)
Rating: 45 Votes
29 months ago
Impressive. As always.
Rating: 36 Votes
29 months ago
Steve would definitely have allowed this!
Rating: 32 Votes
29 months ago
Few facts:
Apple is not going away!
Samsung is not going away!

Why do we constantly compare the two and spend countless hours debating which is better? I'm in the Apple camp and have made a conscious decision to this point. I'm happy for my Android loving friends...it's just not for me. Hardware/Software...which is better...who cares?

We are at a point in the smartphone world where incremental improves are the best we can expect. So it really boils down to user experience. My experience needs are different than the Android camps. I believe Apple is better positioned to improve the end users experience, but do I really care if Android users think? NO!

Not to start a flame war, but I do not lurk in the Android forums, but it seems their is a huge Android following in MRs...I wonder why?
Rating: 30 Votes
29 months ago
Meanwhile, Samsung is like
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
Rating: 29 Votes
29 months ago
Somewhere out there, Steve Jobs is smiling. :D
Rating: 26 Votes
29 months ago
Android Fanboy - "Ugly, S3 is better, this thing won't sell"...

Apple - "We were blown away by preorders"...

Android Fanboy - "BS Hype, held back supply, marketing spin"

Apple - "2M Preorders, doubling the iPhone 4s record"

Android Fanboy - "Oh, well whatever, S3 is quad core so its faster"

Geekbench - "iPhone 5 runs at least as fast on only 2 cores, saving tons of battery"

Android Fanboy - "FML"

Did I miss anything?
Rating: 25 Votes
29 months ago

"But, but.... Samsung had 9M pre-orders for the S3!!111!!1" - Android user


Sorry, not true. 9M have been preordered by carriers NOT customers. All this 9M have been put into the warehouse.

The iPhone 5 has been preordered by customers 2M times!!
Rating: 24 Votes

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