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Apple Is On Fire, Breaks Record For Number Of iPhones Sold On First Weekend

Emma Colton Deputy Editor

Apple Inc. announced Monday the company sold over 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models over the launch weekend, a new record for the company.

In a press release, the tech company announced iPhone sales were up 30 percent from 2014, when Apple sold only 10 million phones when launched. The company exceeded all previous iPhone records, selling 3,000 phones per minute for the last 72 hours, raking in an estimated $10 billion. (RELATED: Apple Just Unveiled A Monster New iPad)

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said in the press release. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”

Apple has not yet released the regional breakdown of where the phones were sold. However, iPhones were available in China  during this launch, prompting analysts to believe customers in China spiked the sales numbers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Besides the new rose-gold exterior model, the latest iPhones look strikingly similar to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Under the screen, however, Apple phones received revolutionary updates. The latest models now have a 12-megapixel camera, a custom-designed 64-bit chip smartphone chip, a longer lasting battery and a faster, more secure fingertip touch ID system and a 3-D touch screen.

Apple will release the newest iPhones to 40 additional countries on October 9, including Italy, Russia and Spain.

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