After the iPhone 5 preorders sold out in just under an hour, Apple spokesperson Nat Kerris told AllThingsD the following in regards to the massive amount of iPhone 5 preorders:
[quote]Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible. We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.[/quote]
This quote comes after Apple sold their entire preorder inventory in the wee hours of this morning. Some sources have said that the iPhone 5 sold out over 40 percent quicker than iPhone 4S preorders did last year. Keep in mind, the iPhone 4S sold out pretty quickly as well. In fact, over 1 million were sold during the first days of preorders.
Unfortunately, Nat didn’t release any sales numbers alongside her statement, so we may have to wait a bit for those numbers to surface. Needless to say, they were likely much higher than last year’s iPhone 4S launch.
Just as a personal note, I went to preorder two phones this morning: one for myself and one for a family member. Needless to say, I was extremely impressed with how well Apple handled this year’s iPhone preorder session. I didn’t experience any crashing when preordering my iPhone 5, unlike last year when Apple’s site crashed multiple times during the first night of iPhone 4S preorders.
Good luck getting your iPhone 5 next week, line waiters.