The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been on sale for three days and they are already crushing records, you know, all the ones Apple already held. Cupertino announced today that the newest smartphones from the company combined to sell over 10 million units over their launch weekend, a number that also includes the 4 million pre-order sales from the previous weekend. CEO Tim Cook said the following about the launch weekend:

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.

Last year the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c combined to sell over 9 million, so the new handsets have comfortably beaten that. However, not as comfortably as some may have thought, but there are a couple of reasons why.

Firstly, as Cook mentions, there was not enough supply, especially in terms of the iPhone 6 Plus. If Apple could have got more units on the ground they would have sold, but the company is working to get more available. In fact, over 80 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets will be made before the end of the year, and Apple expects that every single one will be sold.

The second reason is China. Last year the iPhone 5s and 5c were available in the country from day 1, but this year the 6’s have not been given regulatory permission yet. Conservative estimates say that Apple could have surpassed 13 million in iPhone 6 sales had China been included from launch day, but many people think it could have been as high as 15 million.

As it was, the launch countries were:
United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Puerto Rico.

Apple will eventually roll the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus out to 114 countries before the end of the year (China included), with the next batch of nations set for September 26th. Take a look below to see if your country is included in the next roll out:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.





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