10 million iPhones sold in one weekend

As if we expected anything less, Apple announced today (via AppleInsider) that it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units over the last three days since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale. This includes the 4 million units that were pre-ordered last week. So how does this compare to the previous iPhone launch weekends? Pretty impressively. iPhone 5S and the 5C sold over 9 million units over the launch weekend last year (there was no pre-ordering scheme then). So the iPhone 6 models sold a good 1 million more this year. If this is impressive, wait till you hear the exactly story. The iPhone 5S and the 5C were launched simultaneously in US and China and hence the 9 million figure includes iPhones sold in China. While this year, thanks to some regulatory roadblocks Apple has yet to sell even one iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in China (well... at least not legally). So 10 million iPhone 6 models in the launch weekend, even without China (one of Apple's biggest markets), is more than an impressive feat (looks like Apple might meet or even beat the 'analysts" bullish estimate of more than 60 million iPhones sold this holiday quarter). Also as usual Apple's iPhone demand far outshines its supply.  

Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier, We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.
— Tim Cook
iPhone 6 Plus seems to have clearly outsold Apple's expectation as the estimated shipping time for it in US is almost a month (Source: Apple.com)

iPhone 6 Plus seems to have clearly outsold Apple's expectation as the estimated shipping time for it in US is almost a month (Source: Apple.com)

While iPhone 6 seems to be better in its availability, its shipping estimates is still almost 10 days (Source: Apple.com)

While iPhone 6 seems to be better in its availability, its shipping estimates is still almost 10 days (Source: Apple.com)