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iPhone 5 pre-orders top 2 million in 24 hours: Apple

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Apple sold more than 2 million iPhone 5 handsets in 24 hours last week – a company record. 

In a press statement released today, Apple said that the figure doubles the previous record, which was set by the iPhone 4S. The company also warned that it may have difficulty meeting pre-order demand – although Sept. 21 is the official launch date for the sleek new iPhone (read about how the device handles here), many pre-orders won't be fulfilled until next month. 

"The customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal," Apple marketing chief Philip Schiller said in the statement. "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."

It's worth noting, of course, that Apple labels every iPhone as the best iPhone ever – nothing particularly new there. 

And in the spirit of healthy debate, let us also point you to this list, which is titled "10 ways the Android is better than iPhone 5."

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