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Apple sells 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in first weekend

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People must really like big phones. 

People really like big phones. Apple sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units in the first weekend of availability, the company announced today. That’s a new record for Apple, beating the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which sold 9 million units in its first weekend last year.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”

The iPhone 6 (4.7-inches) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5-inches) are somewhat of a departure for Apple, far exceeding the 4-inch size of its previous phones. Formerly decrying the big phone phenomenon, Apple has joined it without reservation, now offering a phone in every desirable size.

While the sales numbers are close to last year’s totals, Apple managed to sell 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units without offering the devices in China—where the iPhone 5s and 5c were available at launch—due to reported regulatory issues.

The rollout of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will continue on Sept. 26, when the devices become available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

While availability is currently limited online for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Stores get new shipments every day, and along with carrier stores, will be your best bet to find the device.

Photo by William Hook/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

Micah Singleton

Micah Singleton

Micah Singleton is a former technology and culture reporter of the Daily Dot and a former staff writer at Gizmodo. His work has also appeared in Time, Yahoo, the Verge, Mashable, ReadWrite, and NBC. Singleton was named a "rising star" by the Huffington Post in 2013.