Apple managed to sell over five million new iPhone 5 handsets during the first weekend of availability, topping the 4S’ record from last year by one million units. The phone launched in the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on September 21.
Furthermore, over 100 million devices have already been updated with the recently release iOS 6. Reports suggest initial stock of iPhone 5 handsets sold out within one hour of being made available for pre-order.
Apple’s website currently shows the handset is on backorder for 3-4 weeks regardless of color, capacity or carrier. Users interested in the new Apple phone might have better luck shopping through their respective carrier, at a local Apple store or through third party auction sites like eBay. Recently completed listings reveal the 16GB base model is selling for around $800 on average.
The iPhone 5 will be released in 22 more countries on September 28 and will ultimately be offered in more than 100 countries including UAE, KSA & Bahrain by the end of the year.
Some of the retail shops around Bahrain starting offering iPhone 5 priced at BHD 600++. I suggest to give it a wait till the official release.