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Apple iPhone 5 sales hit five million

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Apple has annnounced that it has sold a fairly phenomenal five million iPhone 5 devices.

The iPhone 5 hit shops on September 21st, though pre-orders began a week earlier.

Apple also announced that more than 100 million devices have been updated to the very latest iOS 6 software – despite the negative press for Apple Maps, which debuted on iOS 6 in place of Google Maps.

The full Apple statement is below:

"Apple today announced it has sold over five million of its new iPhone 5, just three days after its launch on September 21, and more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

iPhone 5 is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on September 28 and more than 100 countries by the end of the year.

Demand for iPhone 5 exceeded the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October."

Read our review of the Apple iPhone 5

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.