Apple Inc said on Monday that it sold more than 10 million of the new iPhone 6 Plus devices in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday.
But the new Iphone models which has made headlines for having a gold plated version (also has silver and space gray), may only make its debut in the African market by the end of the year. The phones are not in the China- the world’s largest smartphone market- either, that however is because of delays caused by regulatory issues.
No African country is still among the next 20 countries where the new devices will be touching down on September 26, they will have to wait more as Apple says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
But it’s the good news that Apple is celebrating, the ten million phones were sold in just 10 countries with First-day pre-orders hitting a record 4 million, 2 million higher than the first-day pre-orders for the iPhone 5 model two years ago.
Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available.
The company said last week that many U.S. customers would have to wait until next month for their new iPhones due to strong demand.
“While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible,” Cook said in a statement on Apple’s website.
“Despite the supply chain constraints around the iPhone 6 Plus and tightness around certain models of the iPhone 6, we believe (Monday’s) strong print demonstrates that Apple executed extremely well in the face of severe supply constraints,” Reuters quotes Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White as writing in a note.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.
Apple says the latest devices will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on September 26, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.