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Apple sells 10 million iPhones in first weekend after debut

Customers wait in line on Sept. 19, 2014,

Customers wait in line on Sept. 19, 2014, before the sales started for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. Credit: Bloomberg News / David Paul Morris

Apple Inc said it sold a record 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new, larger phone models went on sale in 10 countries on Friday.

The phones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, drew more than 4 million preorders on Sept. 12, more than double the 2 million orders for the company's iPhone 5 model in the same period two years ago.

Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, based on the first-day preorders.

Last year, Apple sold 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C models in 11 countries, including China, in the first weekend. Sales of the new models in China have been delayed by regulatory issues.

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