Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c smartphones went on sale on Saturday, and three days later have shifted more than 9m units, according to the company.
Apple announced the stats this afternoon, while also revealing that more than 200m devices have so far upgraded to the new iOS 7 operating system – “the fastest software upgrade in history” reckons Apple.
There was also a number for the new iTunes Radio service: more than 11m unique listeners since its launch last Wednesday in the US, which at this point is the only country where the service is available.
The biggest player in the personal radio space, Pandora, reported 72.1m active listeners in August, so steady on with any Pandora-killer headlines. 11m uniques in less than a week is a decent start for iTunes Radio, but it’s early days.
It’s the potential for a global rollout that’s of most interest, given Pandora’s caution on that front. Nokia’s Mix Radio and the radio features of on-demand services like Spotify and Deezer will be the main competitors in that regard.
Anyway, 9m new iPhones over a launch weekend is a new record for Apple, despite clear constraints in its supplies, with the flagship iPhone 5s handset already sold out. CEO Tim Cook said Apple is “working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone”, with more shipments expected in the coming days.