Apple says the company sold 5 million iPhone 5s in 3 days — but that figure is lower than analysts had expected.
Sales of the new iPhone 5 just barely nudged past last year’s sales of the iPhone 4S. Apple stock shares were down $6.60 in morning trading following the new sales report.
Long lines queued up outside the Apple flagship store in New York City for the iPhone 5 launch last week. But the lines were noticeably shorter for the iPhone 5 than for last year’s launch of the 4S at other retail outlets around the country.
“Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White expected Apple to sell 6 million to 6.5 million iPhone 5s in the first three days,” The Associated Press reported. “The phone will go on sale in 22 more countries on Friday and in more than 100 countries by the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, pranksters in the Netherlands thought it would be funny to super glue a new iPhone to the ground and video record the reactions of passersby.