Apple’s latest handsets, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, look nearly identical to last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They might look similar, but they offer some serious upgrades over the previous models, and sales of the device are surging.
With a reinforced aluminum body, upgraded front and rear-facing cameras, a faster processor, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a force-sensitive display, it was assumed that the new phones would be a hit with consumers. Several media outlets speculated that the phones were “on pace” to break sales records set the previous year by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
It turns out that the speculation was correct. Apple reported this morning that over 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices had been sold since they became available for sale last Friday. The number tops the previous record of 10 million units sold in the first weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus availability last year.
The boost in sales is due, in large part, due to sales in China. The release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus marks the first time a brand new Apple phone has been available in China on the opening weekend.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, for example, weren’t available in China for almost a full month after their release in many other countries due to regulatory issues. The country is typically one of Apple’s largest markets for iPhone sales.
The numbers for the first weekend of sales are certainly impressive. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple keep the momentum going, as they are going to be offering the phones in an additional 40 countries on October 9th, including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Taiwan.
According to Apple, the phones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of 2015. The phones will likely be Apple’s most successful to date.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are available in a variety of storage options and colors, including the new Rose Gold, at Apple’s online store.