Apple Sales Spike, iPhone Opening Weekend Sales Top 9MBy: Meaghan Ellis - September 24, 2013
After months of skepticism and critical analysis, the iPhone 5 delivers. Many questioned whether the iPhone 5 and iOS 7 would render the same laudable consumer response as releases of previous versions had. Today, the numbers spoke volumes and a verdict was reached – Apple is still a force to be reckoned with. Like Air Jordans on release day at Foot Locker, avid Apple customers fought long lines that wrapped around corners in an effort to walk out with the item in high demand.
Today, Apple stated in a brief press release that iPhone sales had surged to a staggering 9 million sold in just three days. Since Friday’s release across the United States, the ever-popular smart-phone has been placed on back-order online, and many mobile and electronic outlet stores report that they are totally wiped out. The rare gold version is even harder to find.
Then, if the iPhone sales weren’t impressive enough, the iOS 7 release also broke the barriers of criticism. Since it’s official release on Sept. 18, the multinational company has announced that approximately 100 million customers have downloaded the iOS 7 operating system as an upgrade or purchased a device with seventh generation Apple mobile operating system. The numbers are astounding.
Apple has yet to release the detailed reports that disclose the financial breakdown of sales for both iPhone 5 models. However, all that matters is that the release went unprecedented, serving as the iPhone’s best debut yet, topping last year’s opening weekend sales by approximately 4 million.
With even more customers awaiting the release of more stock, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, made a point of assuring customers that, as usual, the electronic monument would deliver. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
As a result of the over and exceeding sales, Apple’s stock inflated by approximately 5% at the close of the business day.
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