By Helen Gaskell
Sales figures surpass those for the iPhone 5S and 5C in their first weekend last year
Apple Inc said it sold more than 10m iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, Reuters reported.
Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available.
"While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible," Cook said in a statement.
Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10m iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4m on September 12, the day pre-orders opened.
First-day pre-orders for the new phones, which went on sale in 10 countries, exceeded the 2m recorded for the iPhone 5 model two years ago.
Apple sold 9m iPhone 5S and 5C models last year in 11 countries, including China, in the first weekend they were available. For iPhone 5 handsets the total was 5m in the first weekend, 4m iPhone 4S models and 1.7m iPhone 4 handsets.
The new iPhones will be available in 20 more countries on Sept. 26, Apple said.