AT&T iPhone 5 Pre-orders Break Record
September 17, 2012

iPhone 5: Already Breaking Records

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

Android fans and Apple naysayers, take note: The latest iPhone looks to be another huge hit for the Cupertino company, and the smartphone has yet to hit shelves.

Any and all tired of hearing about the wild success of the iPhone or the latest improvements made to the platform might do well to bury their heads in the sand for the next several months.

As you undoubtedly know, the iPhone 5 was announced just a few days ago on September 12th, bringing with it a brand new, high-speed processor capable of twice the speed as the zippy iPhone 4S, the unbridled speed of 4G LTE and all the advancements in iOS 6. It will be available this Friday, September 21st.

Apple began taking pre-orders for their latest and greatest first thing Friday morning at 12;01 AM PST (or 3:01 AM EST and 8:01 AM GMT) and sold out of pre-order stock in just a little over an hour.

AT&T, the original carrier for the iPhone back in 2007, released a press statement first thing this morning explaining the events of this weekend, saying the iPhone 5 has already set a record for the most pre-ordered iPhone yet.

AT&T set a sales record with iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered,” reads the statement. “Customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend.”

The AT&T press statement didn´t release any specific numbers, though when compared to last year´s iPhone 4S numbers, the next iPhone is looking to be one hot commodity.

Ever since its conception, iPhone pre-orders and opening day sales have been something of an event, with people waiting in line for days for their chance to be the first of their friends with a new piece of Apple gear or taking off work to ensure they are home when the delivery service comes by. Though it has always been successful, Apple didn´t start seeing crazy iPhone pre-order and opening weekend sales until the iPhone 4 in 2010. On the first day the newly re-designed iPhone 4 was available for pre-orders, Apple sold 600,000 across all carriers worldwide. While those numbers are impressive, last year´s iPhone 4S nearly doubled this number, selling over 1 million pre-orders on the first day availability across all carriers.

For their part, AT&T was able to move 200,000 of the first iPhone 4Ss in only 12 hours.

It´s likely AT&T issued this press release as more of a statement to ensure investors and other watchers that, once again, customers haven´t organized a mass exodus to Verizon in search of better coverage or, now, faster LTE speeds. However, comparing this year´s record of “fastest-selling iPhone” to last year´s “200,000 in 12 hours” presents a very convincing argument that this year´s offering could continue the great iPhone tradition of outselling the previous year´s model.

Those anxious iPhone fans who waited up to all hours of the evening to be the first to pre-order and ensure September 21st delivery have been watching their email like hawks, waiting for delivery confirmation and tracking numbers. Yesterday, the very first iPhone 5s began their long trek from China to points all over the world, as many readers of popular Apple and tech blogs have reported receiving email confirmation and tracking numbers.

Though this early stock has already been depleted, Apple and all other carriers continue to sell pre-orders, which are set to ship in anywhere from 2-3 weeks. If you have to have an iPhone 5 on launch day you´ll have to do some retail warfare. Apple stores will open at 8AM on Friday, (some people have already queued up to buy this phone) though you might do well to try other sources, such as Best Buy or Walmart.