Apple Says New iPhone Orders On Pace to Beat Last Year's 1st Weekend Record

PHOTO: People look over the new Apple iPhone 6s models during a product display following an Apple event, Sept. 9, 2015, in San Francisco.Eric Risberg/AP Photo
People look over the new Apple iPhone 6s models during a product display following an Apple event, Sept. 9, 2015, in San Francisco.

Apple said this past weekend's pre-orders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will likely beat last year's record for first-weekend sales.

Customers could begin ordering the new iPhones on Saturday morning and the devices will ship on Sept. 25.

"Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and pre-orders this weekend were very strong around the world," Trudy Mueller, Apple spokeswoman, said in a statement. "We are on pace to beat last year's 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25."

Last week, Apple introduced the new iPhones, an iPad Pro, new Apple TV, Apple Pencil and a "smart keyboard." The iPhone 6s starts at $199 while the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $299.

Last September, Apple announced that sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached more than 10 million three days after the launch on Sept. 19, 2014.

"As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period," Mueller said. "We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday.”

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