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iPhone 5 becomes the fastest selling iPhone ever

It will come as no surprise that Apple’s iPhone 5 has proven to be insanely successful only a few days after it was officially announced. AT&T has announced that the iPhone 5 set a sales record over the weekend making it the fastest selling iPhone AT&T has ever offered.
AT&T reports that customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of pre-orders and over the weekend. And although AT&T didn't divulge actual sales numbers, Apple was happy to oblige. The boys from Cupertino announced that over 2 million iPhone 5 smartphones were sold within the first 24 hours of availability -- twice the performance of last year's iPhone 4S.

“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Phil 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.”

The iPhone 5 is still available for pre-order on the AT&T network right now and is the only version of the device capable of simultaneous voice and data.
While Apple and its carriers are likely celebrating over the big sales numbers, Samsung is already looking to knock the iPhone 5 down a peg or two with new print advertising.

Sources: AT&T, Apple

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A bad sign for humanity.
By dark matter on 9/17/2012 9:27:24 AM , Rating: 2
Come buy our trinkets and baubles. As quickly as you can. It makes you a better man.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By GulWestfale on 9/17/2012 9:35:30 AM , Rating: 3
2 million people are now enjoying non-HD screens and a slow CPU. :)

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Brandon Hill on 9/17/2012 9:36:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not yet at least... it won't be in customer hands until Sept 21.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Motoman on 9/17/2012 9:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
How cruel that they have to wait that long to enjoy a substandard experience on their overpriced new toys.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By BrgMx5 on 9/17/2012 10:02:12 AM , Rating: 2
overpriced new toys


It's $5.00 more than the Galaxy SIII

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By n0b0dykn0ws on 9/17/2012 10:55:54 AM , Rating: 3
Yet for $5.00 less I can make calls and surf the web using my GS3 on Verizon's network.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By BrgMx5 on 9/17/2012 11:22:58 AM , Rating: 3
I was just stating the price difference, regarding the "overpriced".

In what regards the capabilities of the iPhone 5 in Verizon, as I live in europe, i doesn't affect me.

I am, however, going to buy a smartphone soon, because my 3Gs is really showing it´s age.

I considered the GS3, but i really don't like the feel, size nor the build. I also do not like the feel of the iPhone 4 and 4S. It´s between the Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 now.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 11:49:40 AM , Rating: 2

It's $5.00 more than the Galaxy SIII

Yes, but its $5 more for lower specs. Comparing apples and oranges. :)

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By robinthakur on 9/17/2012 12:47:43 PM , Rating: 3
Specs specs people are the definition of fanboys. Check out anandtech and take note of how the iPhone 5 leaves behind the galaxy 3 in benchmarks. What do you need all those specs for on the G 3 anyway? Angry birds space doesn't look any better and all it's used for is to try and make the bloat ware OS run smoothly, which it doesn't. What apps are there on Android which make use of these high specs? Moving video previews? Video windows? Motion panning when you try to move app between desktops? Useless S Assist? Non-functioning smart stay? At least Apple's added features have use cases and work properly. iPhone owners get iOS6 on day one. How long have we been waiting for Jelly Bean already? The iPhone 5 is built out of machined metal rather than paper thin plastic and it still manages to be thinner and lighter than the G3. Samsung, fire your designers now. You should all be thankful to Apple showing the industry how to innovate and communicate that to the buying public. If it were left to Samsung the mobile industry would slide backwards to how it used to be...filler 'features' that nobody wants or uses more than once.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By BrgMx5 on 9/17/2012 1:11:16 PM , Rating: 2
thin plastic
Samsung, fire your designers now

I stopped considering de GS3 as an option, because it's a big ugly phone (very subjective), and also that plastic feels and looks very cheap.

They sure could spend more on materials and design.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 1:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
I dropped my galaxy nexus phone getting out of a big rig truck, probably 6 feet. The samsung case is plastic and so crushed and absorbed some of the impact. I'm guessing apple's metal case would have transmitted 100% of the impact force to the glass and would have shattered it. Nope I just wish sumsung would have copied HTC's rubberized plastic case, its by far the most practical.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Samus on 9/17/2012 3:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
The GS3 also runs a thoroughly modern OS, not something from 2007.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Chaser on 9/17/2012 1:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
Specs specs people are the definition of fanboys.
Well thanks for the spec comparisons.

And some advice: I'd suggest you not make any calls or you'll have to go to 3G for data. Oh wait! iPhone user's are used to that anyway :) And now a half functional LTE phone because of antenna limitations. Andd in this case you'll always be holding it wrong :)

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By TakinYourPoints on 9/17/2012 4:46:56 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? The A6 has been benching higher performance than faster clocked quad-cores in the latest Android devices. Better GPU performance is a given, iDevices have always led there.

$5 difference for faster hardware that is thinner, lighter, still with great battery life, plus a better selection of apps, better security, and guaranteed OS updates.

What a ripoff!

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By nocturne_81 on 9/18/2012 5:00:02 AM , Rating: 3
Better security..? Now that's a good one.. Remember the long standing exploit that allowed 3GS users to jailbreak their phones simply using a website that took advantage of a quicktime vulnerability..? They'd of probably never fixed it if not for hiring the hacker who found the exploit, and imagine how bad it could have been if there were more malware programmers who took advantage at the time..?

Sure, Google has had plenty of their own security problems, mostly caused by oem code, but not near as bad. A fair example would be the results of practically every single hack contest (usually with laptops/pc's) at security conferences.. first to go down is always Apple, second Linux (base for android), and last.. always windows, amazingly enough.

The rest I'll give you, especially design quality.. Samsung went a bit too far making the GS3 look nothing at all like an iPhone, resulting in a cheap feeling plastic-y phone.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/18/2012 8:47:04 AM , Rating: 2
resulting in a cheap feeling plastic-y phone
No, it's really not...

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By testerguy on 9/27/2012 3:27:51 AM , Rating: 2

ANDROID. Despite its impressive market performance, Android security and manageability are the lowest in the segment. The Google Android operating system is at its fourth commercial iteration and has recently seen some important security additions, such as device encryption support, however good Mobile Device Management APIs and a reliable control of the overall operating system versioning and application ecosystem are still conspicuous by their absence. The system is widely exposed to malware and data loss, and the platform fragmentation resulting from the rich OEM ecosystem has proved quite challenging for enterprise adoption. IT managers should definitely consider adding Android to their set of flexible policies but should probably limit its use to the least sensitive mobile roles.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Nortel on 9/17/2012 10:22:34 AM , Rating: 2
how is that 'substandard'? For it to be 'substandard', the standard (majority of phones) would have to be better. Even if you were to argue the Galaxy III is better vs the iPhone 5, the majority of phones out there are terrible.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By hexxthalion on 9/17/12, Rating: -1
RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By SongEmu on 9/17/2012 9:39:28 AM , Rating: 3

One of the best, true tech journalism sites begs to differ.

By TakinYourPoints on 9/17/2012 4:50:04 PM , Rating: 1
Objective analysis has no place in a criclejerk

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By kmmatney on 9/17/2012 10:34:57 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, and a molasses slow GPU, and a crappy color gamut screen :)

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By JackBurton on 9/17/2012 11:22:11 AM , Rating: 2
Slow CPU? Are you talking about Android phones? Because the early (unconfirmed) benchmarks show the iPhone 5 slapping around the GSIII.

Sorry Android fans, when the benchmarks come out, you'll have to pretend CPU performance doesn't matter when it shows the iPhone5 trouncing the competition.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 11:55:14 AM , Rating: 1
Personally I don't think it does. I have a galaxy nexus and would prefer the galaxy 3 because it has the much more efficient krait s4. I wan't fast enough, with all day battery life under heavy use. But it sounds like the new iphone chip might be good for battery life to.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By MadMan007 on 9/17/2012 3:16:54 PM , Rating: 4
So when Apple is behind in specs or benchmarks, it doesn't matter because the 'overall experience is good.' When Apple is ahead in specs or benchmarks it's something to praise.

New acronym for RDF: Reality Doublestandard Field

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By kingmotley on 9/17/2012 11:34:09 AM , Rating: 1
If by slow CPU you mean one that outscores the 4-core version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the geekbench benchmarks -- and every single other mobile, then yes.

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 11:57:30 AM , Rating: 2
Is apples new arm chip based on 28nm?

By TakinYourPoints on 9/17/2012 4:42:58 PM , Rating: 2
The A6 has been smoking other SoCs in preliminary benchmarks, and a proper non-pentile display > pentile any day.

The iPhone 5 has more sub-pixels than the S3, and the 4S had about as many sub-pixels despite having fewer "pixels". The S3 is speedy but man that pentile display looks bad. This is before we get into pixel density...

RE: A bad sign for humanity.
By michael2k on 9/18/2012 1:44:27 AM , Rating: 2
Apple's been doing this for over 12 years now; why is it a bad sign for humanity today?

So Two Million People's (Sheep's) Contracts Expired
By Arsynic on 9/17/2012 9:58:31 AM , Rating: 3
We know that there are millions of people who by default only want to use the jitterbug of smartphones, the iPhone. They remind me of the business people still clutching their Wackberries.

These people don't care about specs. They can barely use a fucking smartphone. These are the same people who call me when their Exchange password has expired and they still don't know how to change it on their iPhones.

That's why I call it the Jitterbug of smartphones. It's the smartphone of choice for senior citizens, all around dumbasses, and people who just want a smartphone that works. Not dissing the iPhone. It's a reliable phone that just works, that's why it's so popular. Android is for people that prefer choice and like to tinker. The only problem with iPhone is that it's boring as shit.

By bupkus on 9/17/2012 10:07:17 AM , Rating: 2
It seems I'm not allowed to vote here anymore.
Hey, DT, FU2! I'm so pissed.. I'm all out of coffee-- oh, like you've never been here before.

By tayb on 9/17/2012 11:00:37 AM , Rating: 3
Your ability to generalize millions of people is incredible! Please, sir, tell me more about how your smartphone OS choice makes you more superior than others who choose different. I am here to listen.

I, a simpleton dumbass, do not enjoy the Android OS after having used it for two years. My feeble mind just cannot handle all of the customization that Android offers. I confuse easily and end up desperate and despaired. I run, nay, sprint toward iOS because it is the best my inadequate brain can handle. I weep at night wishing I was as smart as the average Android user.

By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 11:44:07 AM , Rating: 3
On the other hand, forcing your brain to work harder is suppose to make it stronger. Basically the same as going to the gym makes you physically stronger. So maybe using android would help your simpleton brain out. :)

By tayb on 9/17/2012 12:36:39 PM , Rating: 2
Android v iPhone. Round 6!

By aurareturn on 9/17/2012 11:57:01 AM , Rating: 2
@tayb, amazing post! Post of the year on "Anandroid".

By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 11:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
Unless you never sit yourself in front of the TV, give me a break. By the way you don't have to customize your phone, you can pretty much run in the way it came.

By hexxthalion on 9/17/2012 11:57:08 AM , Rating: 2
we all know it was better to root them ;) when I was younger I loved to do all that stuff, these days I don't have time for it.

By Alexstarfire on 9/17/2012 1:15:58 PM , Rating: 2
Meh, I rooted my phone while eating dinner. Most of the time spent was getting Odin to recognize my phone (which was because I needed to restart my comp after installing the drivers) and the actual installation of the rooted ROM, which was a couple minutes at best.

It might not be as simple for other phones but for a SGS3 it really is. Though, unless you really need root features it's not even a necessity.

By woody1 on 9/17/2012 11:38:53 AM , Rating: 4
Baaaaa.. Baaaaa......

By Jeffk464 on 9/17/2012 11:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
It's the smartphone of choice for senior citizens, all around dumbasses, and people who just want a smartphone that works.

I agree with you 100%, but I also think that's a legitimate market. You ever feel like banging your head against the wall trying to provide windows tech support for the non techie people you know? I'm about to give up on my parents and just have them buy google chrome laptops. Nope there is definitely a market for super simple tech devices, of course not for me though.

By Decom on 9/17/2012 1:58:54 PM , Rating: 4
You clearly missed the part where the iPhone 5 beats all other phones on the market in benchmarks? Or are you too busy spouting FUD and crazed rhetoric to notice?

Geekbench Scores, where both phones win 2 of 4 main tests, and also should be taken into judgement, the geekbench android platform has too many spurious anomalies on the Android side to be taken as a one to one benchmark of iOS/Android performance .....

iPhone 5:


I think that FUD and crazed rhetoric is getting the better of you.

Posting links to unconfirmed reports, as Anand clearly stated is not helping matters, we should wait for the confirmed benchmarks, like they really mean anything anyway.

It really says a lot to a persons motives when they're on both sites defending their product, sit back and chill and enjoy your choice, this nonsense doesn't do anything but muddy he waters even further.

By headbox on 9/17/2012 12:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
Millions of people also buy cars without knowing how to open the hood and repair the engine. They don't even know how many horsepower it has! OMFG!

or better yet

All you city slickers reading this eat meat but couldn't hunt an animal if your life depended on it! Millions buying fatty beef in stores! Worthless! I hunt elk, bear, and deer and haven't bought meat in 14 years unlike all you neutered pansies that would starve to death of McDonald's shut down tomorrow!

Interesting reactions
By pxavierperez on 9/17/2012 10:04:19 AM , Rating: 1
Every time and everywhere on the net, an Apple iPhone release always generate more reactions from Android users than any Android release phones could ever generate from Android users.

So much tantrum and whining is the Android community.

I expect Mick will post something Apple bashing this week so he could keep his job.

RE: Interesting reactions
By bupkus on 9/17/2012 10:18:08 AM , Rating: 4
Congratulations! You have just won the DT Knee-Jerk post award for "Wining about wining." *

*Due to recent budgetary concerns your prize of an iPhone 5 has been cancelled. Now show us that award winning wining style.

RE: Interesting reactions
By mfenn on 9/17/2012 10:44:08 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe you should learn to spell that which you loathe?

RE: Interesting reactions
By bupkus on 9/18/2012 12:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
You know, I stopped for a second because I really thought I misspelled that word, but I said to myself "screw it" and just moved on. You would think I could actually have checked it against my predecessor's spelling but...

RE: Interesting reactions
By Tony Swash on 9/17/12, Rating: -1
RE: Interesting reactions
By Reclaimer77 on 9/17/2012 10:53:08 AM , Rating: 1
I wish they would just chill out and enjoy whatever piece of Android kit they have bought

You mean when Apple isn't trying to ban said kit?

Lets be clear. Your side started this, don't be a pussy and start with the false indignation and mock surprise at the results.

RE: Interesting reactions
By michael2k on 9/18/2012 1:47:58 AM , Rating: 1
Apple did start it; that's why they sued Samsung for copying.

RE: Interesting reactions
By Rukkian on 9/17/2012 11:45:35 AM , Rating: 3
This coming from somebody that no matter what only sees good in crapple, and bad in android, and always trys to preach about how everybody should pray at the alter of Jobs?

RE: Interesting reactions
By retrospooty on 9/17/2012 11:58:03 AM , Rating: 2
Hippocrit. Thy name is Tony

RE: Interesting reactions
By anactoraaron on 9/17/2012 12:16:41 PM , Rating: 3
What's equally telling is that so many Android fans seem to feel the need to constantly rubbish not just Apple products but also Apple customers

And you don't do that too? That must "strike a cold chill in your heart" then. You better stop "talking out of your ass."
It seems as if there are deep wells of bitterness, anger, resentment and insecurity in some of the more vocal Android crowd .
Fixed that for ya. Seems to me that there are deep wells of frantic apple fanboys like yourself that are so upset every time an android fan pokes fun at an apple device that they can't even spell.
Maybe they haven't worked out yet that such behaviour just makes them look foolish.
As does your 'behavior' in your seriousness in defending a phone.

RE: Interesting reactions
By retrospooty on 9/17/2012 12:21:10 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... Spoken from a guy who created his userid at Anandtech/Dailytech to champion a company FFS!. LOL.

Why anyone would waste so much time defending a company is beyond my senses.

RE: Interesting reactions
By zlandar on 9/17/2012 11:56:25 AM , Rating: 2
It's what insecure people do. They feel the need to crap on others.

RE: Interesting reactions
By TakinYourPoints on 9/17/2012 4:48:30 PM , Rating: 2
They mad

Not true yet
By anactoraaron on 9/17/2012 9:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S

I thought the 4s sold 4 million in 3 days. Hard to say if the first 24 hours will be sustained. Maybe it will, maybe not.

But hey, don't let me stop you from building the hype that is needed to convince the masses to buy a phone with a design and os from 5+ years ago.

RE: Not true yet
By anactoraaron on 9/17/12, Rating: 0
RE: Not true yet
By Motoman on 9/17/2012 9:58:41 AM , Rating: 2
They're not saying "fastest selling phone of all time" - they're saying "fastest sellin iPhone of all time."

Which really says nothing more succinctly than pointing out the fact that the Apple faithful just never learn.

RE: Not true yet
By BrgMx5 on 9/17/2012 10:05:34 AM , Rating: 2
SGS3 sold at a faster pace than the 4s

No, it outsold the 4S in August.

RE: Not true yet
By anactoraaron on 9/17/12, Rating: 0
RE: Not true yet
By BrgMx5 on 9/17/2012 12:41:38 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you missed the "pre-order sales" in my post?

No, i replied, and quoted your statement that "The SGS3 sold at a faster pace than the 4s".

In what regards pre-orders, how much time did the SG3 stay as pre-order?

2M is just for 24hours.

Anyway, lets leave the numbers game to the fanboys.

RE: Not true yet
By anactoraaron on 9/17/2012 4:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
No, i replied, and quoted your statement that "The SGS3 sold at a faster pace than the 4s".

Reading comprehension fail. If I did in fact say that shouldn't you be able to 'quote' me saying that? OH? Is it because I didn't say it? Could it be because I said that the SGS3 had more in pre-order sales? But hey don't let me stop you from putting words in my post so you can make your point with yourself.

In what regards pre-orders, how much time did the SG3 stay as pre-order?

I believe it had 5 weeks overall and sold 9 million within the first 2 weeks. How many they sold in the first 3 days is anyone's guess as Samsung never released those specifics.

2M is just for 24hours.

Which again, like I previously stated may or may not continue. How well it sells overall is still up in the air.

Anyway, lets leave the numbers game to the fanboys

Good idea.

RE: Not true yet
By TakinYourPoints on 9/18/2012 1:55:08 AM , Rating: 2

If we are comparing sales for their first three months, the Galaxy S3 sold 20 million units while the iPhone 4S sold 37 million units.

By bupkus on 9/17/2012 9:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
Congrats to Apple for your success.

Now go phuk yourselves. ;-)

90% of posts on here
By EnzoFX on 9/17/2012 2:48:56 PM , Rating: 1
Are apple bashing Android fanboys. It's petty. Why the need to constantly try and mesure your tech against Apple's? Is it so appalling other people will vastly, vastly enjoy their iPhone more over an Android? lol. Get over it.

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