Apple iPhone 5 sells 5m in first weekend

Apple sold over five million iPhone 5 handsets in its opening weekend.

The latest gadget from the computing giant has LTE technology; a larger, four-inch screen; a faster processor and a new aluminium case. It was released for sale in Australia on September 21st.

The US company reported record pre-order sales when over two million people secured their mobile phone via a transaction on the Apple Store website within 24 hours of it going live on September 14th.

High demand resulted in stock depletion and some of the handsets will not be delivered to customers until October.

Despite the smartphone's huge popularity, many people have critiqued the device.

One of the main problems plaguing Apple is its new Maps application, which replaced Google Maps as the navigation tool. Many customers are reporting numerous errors.

Owners have also taken to the internet with photographs of their iPhone 5s which were scratched before they were removed from the box.

Some customers may be looking at alternatives, like the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S3.

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