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Smart phone sales soar: Apple iPhone tops 9 million in opening weekend (+video)

Apple's smart phone sales for the iPhone 5S and 5C reach a combined 9 million units, smashing sales records.

At the Apple store in Palo Alto, California, CEO Tim Cook made a surprise visit to the many iPhone fans waiting to upgrade to the new 5S or 5C models.
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Rocky iPhone 5C pre-order numbers were quickly forgotten as Apple announced record-breaking first-weekend smart phone sales for its new generation of iPhones.

Apple sold a collective 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C devices in the first weekend the two new iPhones were available.

Apple did not release separate sales numbers for each device, but Web analytics firm Localytics found that the iPhone 5S accounted for more than three times the amount of activated phones as the iPhone 5C. In addition, the iPhone 5S has been backordered online since it went on sale Friday morning and many retailers reported a low supply or sell-outs. 


"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," Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook said in a statement Monday. "We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."


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