New iPhone breaks the 9 million barrier

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The US computer company Apple announced on Monday that it sold 9 million units of its new iPhone 5S and 5C during the first three days on the market, well above expectations.

The group’s CEO, Tim Cook welcomed the news, citing an “incredible” demand.

“This is our best iPhone launch to date, more than 9 million new iPhones sold, a new record for sales in the first weekend,”

Sales turned out to be better than analysts’ expectations – generally, they had forecast that Apple would shift around 6 million units.

In electronic trading before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, Apple’s stock had jumped 5.21% to $491.78 by 12:50 GMT.

The previous model, the iPhone 5, passed only the 5 million mark in three days but was not launched immediately on the influential Chinese market.

The demand for the iPhone 5S, the more upscale of the two new models “exceeded the initial offer, and many online orders will be delivered in the coming weeks.”