iPhone 5 sales figures may not have reached the 8-10 million mark initially anticipated by analyst Gene Munster, but they were still off the charts. Earlier today, Apple issued a press release announcing that sales of the iPhone 5 this past weeked topped 5 million units.
Apple today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.
“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the press release. "While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone."
Overall, people seem to be impressed with the iPhone 5, save of course for the multitude of complaints about Apple's new Mapping app. As mentioned previously, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Miller last week issued a statement to All Things D explaining that Maps is just going to get better as time goes on.
Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service. We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn by turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.
Google Maps as we know it today certainly wasn't built in a day, and not even in 3 years. Undoubtedly, Apple will have to put in a lot of work to get its own Maps service up to par. It'll be interesting to see how quickly that happens especially in light of reports that Apple is going on a Maps hiring spree as it attempts to lure away Mapping experts from Google.