Apple iPhone 5 has record pre-order sales

Pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5 reached two million in just 24 hours – double the record currently held by the iPhone 4S handset.

Just one hour after pre-orders could be placed on the Apple website on September 14th, the shipping estimates changed to two weeks.

The company's initial supply has been exhausted, so not everyone will receive their smartphone on the release date of September 21st. Apple says that some deliveries will not be made until October.

The demand may be unexpected, as the device received frosty feedback from the media and general public. Many people said that the release was unexciting and lacking in innovation, so it may be a surprise that it has had such successful sales already.

Aussies who try to order an iPhone 5 from the technology giant's online store today will have to wait two to three weeks for their gadget to be dispatched.

Otherwise, customers may choose to wait until shops release the mobile phone at 08:00 September 21st. Due to the time difference, Australians will be the first to get their gadgets in-store.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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