Apple Crows Over iPhone 5s, 5c Sales Amid Device-Availability Complaints

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Apple is crowing about “record-breaking” iPhone 5s and 5c sales, three days after launching its newest models, even as operators throughout the world say they have too many of the lower-end devices on hand.

Apple sold a lot of iPhones over the weekend, but many operators are complaining they were shipped too many of the "budget" device rather than the 5s.The company says it sold 9 million of the devices over the weekend “a new record for first weekend sales,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a prepared statement.

As a result of those numbers, Cook said Apple has run out of its initial iPhone 5s supply and is “working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”

That assurance comes as mobile operators in the United States, Australia and the UK are complaining about receiving limited supplies of the iPhone 5s, but having plenty of the lower-end iPhone 5c. They’re telling the BBC that they think Apple is keeping the 5s off store shelves so more of the 5c models will sell.

Yankee Group analyst Declan Lonergan thinks the conspiracy theories are bunk, calling them “hoo-ha.”

“I can’t think of too many examples where a company has deliberately restricted supply of a higher-priced product to artificially stimulate demand for a lower-priced one,” Lonergan said, commenting on a BBC article. “The delays are more likely due to limited production capability.”

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