Apple has sold five million iPhone 5s in the first three days since the handset went on sale, the manufacturer has revealed.
The sixth iteration of the smartphone went on sale in nine countries, including the UK, on Friday. Another 22 countries will get the device this Friday (28 September), with Apple targeting more than 100 countries by the end of this year. The manufacturer also revealed that more than 100 million Apple devices have been updated with iOS6, the latest version of its operating system.
The launch of the iPhone 5 has been slightly overshadowed by the launch of Apple's own Maps application through iOS6. Users have complained many of the listings are out of date and some of the satellite imagery has made areas look like they have melted. A blog poking fun at the maps, the Amazing iOS 6 Maps, was set up shortly after iOS6 went live last week.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said: 'Demand for the iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible. While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.'
Editor: Graeme Neill