Apple announces two million first day iPhone 5 preorders

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On Friday – at 12:01 a.m. PST – Apple started letting its customers preorder the recently-announced iPhone 5. Opening day shipments sold out in a matter of hours, and now, iPhone 5 preorderers will have to wait an extra two to three weeks after September 21.

Today, Apple announced that its first day preorders topped a whopping two million orders. For reference, iPhone 4S preorders (in the same time period) only hit one million.

Here is part of the press release from Apple, wherein Phil Schiller talks about the successful preorders:

“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.”

Preorderers who were able to get an opening day shipment will get their new 4-inch handsets this Friday, September 21. That’s also the date when Apple Stores and other authorized resellers will begin selling phones to customers, too – so if you want one on opening day and didn’t get a preorder in to fulfill that desire, you can still head to your local Apple/electronics store and pick one up then.

Who was able to get their preorders in this weekend?

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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8 thoughts on “Apple announces two million first day iPhone 5 preorders

  • Avatar of Greg M

    Even though the i5 is a bit of a letdown as far as innovation goes, they still are selling like crazy!

    • Avatar of Everett

      its because people don’t care. its all about the branding and image status

    • Avatar of EvobluBalls

      This was a BiG let down!! Steve Jobs is probably turning over in his grave about this horrible iphone update. It should been revamped in a big way!! Even the ios 6 update is horrible. Every year they introduce better apps for the ios ad big improvements on them. To me it felt like minor upgrades for the ios6. I been looking at the s3 for months and the Note2 and now just saw a potential HTC 5″ phone, cant wait to see the HTC conference when I get home from work Wednesday to see what HTC has in store..

  • Avatar of Eric Ackermann

    Say what you will, Apple knows how to produce a phone that many people want to buy.

  • Avatar of etiyi

    Call me a hater, but part of what I hate about the iphone is how drones of ppl mindlessly buy them. Convinced that they’re the best phones ever, when all these people use them for is to text and play games.

  • Avatar of Danno

    Love my HTC Evo 4GLTE. Got 4 on my Family plan! Have an I-Mac, Macbook & Macbook pro in my family, but avoiding the i-Phone. Maybe crazy, but I prefer Android over Iphone. Agree that Apple is playing catch up & not doing a good job, but yes, they do know how to market.

  • Avatar of Mark

    I honestly don’t see the point. This is the first iPhone they’ve put out which doesn’t have the same cord compatibilities with every other product they’ve produced. Just another way for apple to make more money on people who absolutely ‘need’ the latest tech as a status symbol.

  • Avatar of Abraham

    If only Android makers could market the way Apple does. If they did, they could finish off Apple and its iPhone reign of power.

    As of now, people will keep buying the iPhone simply for being an iPhone, no questions asked.


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