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Apple announces record breaking nine million iPhone 5S and 5C sales

Just three days after the iPhone 5S and 5C went on sale, Apple has announced the sale of a record breaking nine million devices.

Additionally, over 200 million iPhones and iPads across the world are now running iOS 7 following its release last week, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.

The launch has not gone completely smoothly however, with many UK carriers frustrated and concerned by the lack of 5S devices being made available by Apple. Conversely 5C supplies have been plentiful.

"The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5S, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone," said Cook.

One network spokesman told the BBC (opens in new tab) that it had "crates and crates" of the 5C, but that 5S supplies were being "drip-fed" to suppliers.

Meanwhile, German hacker group Chaos Computer Club, today claimed that some of its members have managed to hack the iPhone 5S' TouchID (opens in new tab) fingerprint sensor.

The 5S, the premium of the two devices, which also features the fastest ever smartphone processor, has received largely positive reviews (opens in new tab).

Consumers and analysts alike have however been disappointed by the high price tag of the 5C (opens in new tab), which was previously expected to be a budget offering.

Contract free, the 5S starts at £549 in the UK, whilst the 5C comes in slightly lower at £469. Apple has not provided a breakdown of sale figures between the two devices.

Tomas Jivanda
Tomas Jivanda

Tomas is co-founder of Lucky Pilgrim, a team of journalists, photographers and art directors who connect brands to audiences through words, imagery and design. He was formerly editorial director at Chapel and managing editor at Courier magazine, and was a writer for ITProPortal as well as The Independent, EastLondonLines, The Sunday Times Magazine, and Croon.