Apple sold a combined total of 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets during the first weekend of availability. The company announced the milestone on Monday, adding that more than 200 million iPhones are already running the new iOS 7 software; the most radical change to Apple’s mobile platform yet.
Supply is still scarce and Apple says that its stores will receive new stock regularly. Instead of calling an Apple Store or driving only to find no inventory, buyers can now check availability online. This confirms a weekend report that Apple would be adding the Personal Pickup service for its new iPhones.
Although Apple didn’t break out sales by model, web analytics company Localytics thinks it has a good glimpse into sales, saying the iPhone 5s outsold the iPhone 5c by 3.4 times:
“In less than 3 days, the iPhone 5s and 5c combined now represent about 1.36% of the total numbers of all iPhones activated in the U.S. market across the top 4 carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. From the data we are seeing, 1.05% of all iPhones in the United States are now iPhone 5s and just 0.31% are iPhone 5c.”
That makes sense to me. The newer handset would attract more existing iPhone owners that want the latest and greatest hardware that Apple has to offer. If Localytics is correct, Apple likely sold around 6.95 million units of the iPhone 5s compared to 2.05 million iPhone 5c handsets.