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Apple sells 13 million iPhones in opening weekend record

Thanks, China

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were released last week and have already clocked up record sales figures. The company says that it sold more than 13 million new devices over the weekend, a record for the iPhone. "Sales for iPhone and iPhone 6S Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press statement. "Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9th."

These bumper results are thanks in no small part to the inclusion of China in its opening weekend sales. The country overtook Europe to become Apple's second biggest market earlier this year, with sales growing three times faster than in the Americas. By comparison, last year Apple sold 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in its opening weekend (when the Chinese launch of the phones was delayed), and 9 million units of the iPhone 5S and 5C the year before that.

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