CUPERTINO, Calif. — Pre-orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period.
Apple started taking iPhone 5 orders at 3 a.m. Friday. While most orders will be delivered Friday when the phone goes on sale, the company said Monday that demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply. Because of that, some of the devices are scheduled for delivery in October.
The iPhone 5 represents the first major revision of the iPhone's screen size since the first model was introduced in 2007. The new iPhone has an elongated screen — 4 inches measured diagonally— that allows room for another row of icons and lets widescreen movies fit better. The calendar will now show five days at a time instead of just three. Previous iPhone models had 3.5-inch screens.
The new phone is also thinner and weighs less than previous models.
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It won't be easy for Apple to top the breakneck sales pace set by previous iPhones. Apple said last year that it sold more than 4 million iPhone 4Ss just three days after its launch on Oct. 14.
The iPhone 5 will be available at Apple's 356 U.S. stores starting Friday. It sells for $199 for the 16-gigabyte model, $299 for the 32GB or $399 for the 64GB model.
Aside from Apple stores, the iPhone 5 will be available at Apple's Web site, as well as through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, some Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart stores and certain Apple authorized resellers.