14:46 | 04/10/2015 Science - Technology
Apple said on September 28 it had sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Pluses during their first weekend on the market, setting a record for its marquee product.
A man holds an iPhone 6s Plus as the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at an Apple Store in Los Angeles, California September 25. (Credit: REUTERS)
The company beat its previous record of 10 million in sales for the previous generation of iPhones in its first weekend in 2014. This year's results benefited from the inclusion of the Chinese market, where regulatory problems delayed the gadget's debut last year.
Analysts had expected the company to sell 12 million to 13 million phones this past weekend.
Apple said the new iPhones would be available in more than 40 additional countries starting October 9, reaching more than 130 countries by the end of the year.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus arrived in stores on September 25, kicking off a sales cycle that will be scrutinised for signs of how much allure remains for the smartphone.
The company relies heavily on the sale of its flagship iPhones, which generated nearly two-thirds of its revenue in the latest quarter./.