iPhone 5 sets a sales record; 2 million pre-orders in 24 hoursSeptember 17, 2012: 9:50 AM ET
Double the 1-million first-day orders recorded last year by the iPhone 4S
FORTUNE -- Based on first-day orders, the iPhone 5 is the fastest-selling device Apple (AAPL) has ever released.
The company announced Monday that it took more than 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours.
Last October, the iPhone 4S racked up 1 million orders in the same time period.
"IPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by the iPhone 4S " said Apple chief marketing executive Phil Schiller.
Some skeptics had suggested that the reason Apple experienced iPhone 5 stock-outs an hour after pre-orders started was that it had stockpiled smaller supplies of the device than previous models. Apple's and AT&T's announcements would seem to discredit that theory.
iPhones ordered today, according to Apple, won't be delivered until October.
You can read the company's press release here.