Apple today announced that it received over two million iPhone 5 pre-orders in the first twenty-four hours after launching the next-generation smartphone. At that pace, the iPhone 5 was pre-ordered over 83,333 times per hour, 1,388 times per minute and 23 times per second.
No matter how you look at it, those numbers are quite significant; in fact, the two million iPhone 5 pre-orders is over double the one million iPhone 4S pre-orders that were placed during the first 24 hours that handset was available last October.
“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”
Demand for the iPhone 5 has exceeded initial supply, meaning that while the overwhelming majority of pre-orders will be delivered by Friday, September 21st, others will be required to wait until October to receive the new device.
iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter with an aluminum unibody chassis, 4-inch Retina display, smaller Lighting dock connector, redesigned speakers, 4G LTE support and more. In the United States, the iPhone 5 is available through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and a number of regional carriers.