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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?

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