Apple iPhone 5 sales top 5 million over first weekend, breaking previous record

Apple iPhone 5

After long lines awaited Friday morning’s release of the iPhone 5, Apple says it has sold more than 5 million units of the sixth-generation smartphone over its first weekend.

CNET points out that it’s a new record, selling at least a million more new iPhones over its first three days of availability than when the iPhone 4S went on sale last year.

In Syracuse, nearly 200 people were in line at the Destiny USA mall’s Apple Store before opening at 8 a.m. on Friday. The first person in line had been camped out for more than 12 hours.

However, CNET says high demand for the iPhone 5 still wasn’t as high as some analysts expected — one even called 6 million units sold on opening weekend a “worst-case scenario.” Pre-orders sold out 20 times faster than the previous iPhone models.

CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Apple sold out of its initial inventory, though most customers who preordered had their devices shipped already. More iPhone 5 units will be shipped to the U.S. and the smartphone will also become available in 22 more countries this Friday and more than 100 countries by the end of the year.

The tech giant added that more than 100 million devices are now using iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating system that’s now available for all iPhone models.

Meanwhile, early adopters are complaining about the new maps feature in iOS 6. Apple Maps is the default map application now, replacing Google Maps, and users say the app has been misplacing or mislabeling some landmarks. CNN reports some errors include a museum appearing beneath a river and the English town Stratford-upon-Avon — where William Shakespeare was born — is missing altogether.

Those who ordered the iPhone 5 are being advised to check their devices for scratches, too. Forbes reports some customers are complaining about seeing scratches and scuffs before using, suggesting that the cosmetic damage occurred at the assembly plant before the iPhone 5 was put into the box. Others are complaining that the smartphone scratches easily from normal use as well.

And while some customers are still debating whether or not to get the new iPhone, PC Mag reports the Verizon version of the iPhone 5 is shipping “unlocked” and works on both the Verizon and AT&T networks. In other words, customers who buy it and may switch carriers wouldn’t have to worry about getting a new phone.

Still, analysts predict as many as 10 million iPhones will be sold by the end of the month, with 33 million total units shipping by the end of the quarter thanks to the holiday season.

The iPhone 5, available through Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, boasts a bigger screen, a thinner design and improved speeds with 4G LTE capability.

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