Just a few days after Apple teased that pre-orders of the iPhone 5 "have been incredible," the Cupertino firm has decided to share some hard numbers with us. Apple has announced that iPhone 5 pre-orders hit two million within the first 24 hours of availability, which is double the amount of the iPhone 4S. Demand for the iPhone 5 has exceeded the initial supply of the devices, Apple says, and so while most customers will receive their device on September 21, some will be arriving in October.
AT&T this morning also talked up its own iPhone 5 sales, saying that Apple's new handset is "the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered." However, AT&T didn't divulge sales figures for the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 handily beat out the pre-order numbers of its predecessors, including the iPhone 4S and 4, the latter of which saw 600,000 units pre-ordered in a day. If you'd like an iPhone 5 but aren't part of the two million pre-orders already placed, Apple will begin offering the device in its stores at 8:00 a.m. local time on September 21, so you could try going that route if you don't feel like waiting until October to get your mitts on the taller iPhone. Until then, you can find both Apple and AT&T's press releases below.