iPhone 5 sells over 5 million

In its first weekend many Apple stores have exhausted their supply of iPhone 5s

WRITTEN BY: Jason Oliva
Black and white models of the iPhone 5
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Black and white models of the iPhone 5

Apple’s iPhone 5 hit stores Friday, Sept. 21 and has already sold more than 5 million of the highly anticipated smartphone’s latest version. Many Apple stores nationwide have already sold out of their supply of iPhone 5s, backlogged to fulfill increasing consumer demands.

The iPhone 5 is the latest generation of Apple’s smartphone family. With a half-inch larger display (up from 3.5 to 4 in.), the iPhone 5 looks to be thinner than its predecessor. The iPhone 5 also offers 4G LTE connectivity to give users faster data speeds. Along with improved battery life and a faster processor. Also featured within the iPhone 5 is the newest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 6, which features a made-over Siri and Passbook, a new app to store boarding passes, store cards, coupons and event tickets.

What the iPhone 5 does not have is the Google Maps app that has been familiar with earlier generations of the iPhone. There is a Maps application, but it is not Google-powered. Instead, the iPhone 5 will feature an Apple-based maps app. The iPhone 5 is even said to be built sturdier than the iPhone 4 and easier to repair in the cases of shattered screens.

Apple CEO, and Steve Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook stated in a press release concerning the overwhelming demand for iPhone 5s that Apple stores “will continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date.”

Cook also showed some gratitude to the legions of Apple fans who have waited hours in wrap-around lines for iPhone 5’s arrival saying, “We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone5s for everyone.”

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