Apple announced Monday that it has sold 9 million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units since Friday, shattering a record set last year.
Apple sold 5 million units of the iPhone 5 during the first weekend of September 2012.
This was the first year the new iPhones were also available the same weekend in China. The iPhone 5 did not go on sale in China until December 2012, when it sold 2 million units during its first weekend.
Blowing past that record of 7 million sales for the combined first weekends exceeds nearly every analyst's projection. As a result, expect Apple's stock to make a big climb.
[Updated 6:57 a.m. PDT, Sept. 23: When the market opened Monday, Apple stock was up $25.57, or 5.47%, to $492.98.]
"This is our best iPhone launch yet -- more than 9 million new iPhones sold -- a new record for first weekend sales," said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive. "The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."