Apple Sells Over 13 Million iPhones During First Weekend

Philip "Phil" Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks about the Apple Inc. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Philip “Phil” Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks about the Apple Inc. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones during an Apple product announcement in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Apple Inc. introduced a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen, designed to attract business users and jump-start demand for its tablets. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Apple says it sold more than 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus smartphones during their first weekend of availability, setting a company record.

The sales top last year’s record weekend, during which Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. In a statement released Monday, Apple says the devices will launch in 40 more countries by October 9.

“Sales for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.

The results fall in line with most analyst estimates calling for first weekend sales ranging between 12 million and 13 million. A key factor in the higher figures: early availability of the new phones in China. S&P Capital IQ analyst Angelo Zino projects Apple will ship 76 million iPhones during the December quarter, up from 74.5 million the previous year.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Brett Molina

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