In its first weekend of being available to consumers, the highly anticipated iPhone 5 was quickly purchased by over 5 million fans across the US. Apple stores in cities around the country reported selling out their Verizon and AT&T iPhones, while a few iPhones with Sprint service were still available on Sunday.
While the initial shipments were completely sold out, it is estimated that Apple could have sold an additional 2-3 million units if there was a greater supply available. Apple CEO Tim Cook was naturally pleased with the results, but knows there were many consumers who were turned away.
“We are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” he said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience.”
About a year ago, the iPhone 4S debuted to the public, who gobbled up over 1 million of the popular devices.
Already Disappointment with the iPhone 5
Naturally, there will be features to celebrate, as well as elements that will let down new iPhone 5 owners. This time, the resounding disappointment comes from the new Map app, which replaces the Google Maps app that came with previous iPhone generations. Apple’s version of the map app doesn’t include local transit information, and apparently the directions aren’t very accurate.
Apple’s response is that it plans to continue updating the app, and the features will develop over time.
iPhone 5 Sold Out – Now What?
The next shipments from Apple won’t likely appear on shelves for about a month, so those clamoring for the device will need to keep using their old models in the meantime. Of course, when the new version arrives, so will the inevitable mechanical issues that accompany brand new complicated devices. If you get your hands on the new iPhone and it doesn’t work properly, don’t spend time complaining about it in forums – just send it or take it in to the iPhone 5 repair professionals, iFixYouri.