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iPhone 5 pre-orders sail past 2 million in the first 24 hours

Apple has revealed that over 2 million pre-orders were placed for the iPhone 5 in just 24 hours, after opening pre-orders at 8:00am last Friday morning.

The new smartphone, which has been described as “a disappointment” and “mediocre” since its launch last Wednesday, has smashed the previous pre-order record, which was set by the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 hit over 2 million orders in the first day – double that of the iPhone 4S, which took around 1 million pre-orders in its first 24 hours.

What’s more, those handsets have started to ship from Apple’s main suppliers in China. Those who were quick to pre-order from Apple should be receiving their shiny new phones on the 21st, although it didn’t take long for the shipping time to slip to 2 weeks, meaning that many will be left waiting come release day. Apple states that some may not receive their iPhone 5 until 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.”

If you haven’t pre-ordered your iPhone 5 yet, they’ll be on sale in 356 Apple retail stores around the world from this Friday (September 21st) at 8:00am – though you might need to get there pretty early to beat the queues, which started as early as last Thursday at some stores, including the Regent Street store in London.

Not got the moolah to blow in one go on an iPhone 5? Check out how and where to get the phone on contract with the top UK networks here.

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Via: Apple