Apple's new iPhones have sold nine million handsets for a record breaking first weekend

According to Apple it sold a record-breaking numbers of iPhones last weekend with the release of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones on 20 September. Nine million handsets shot off the shelves in the first three days. This puts iOS 7 users at 200 million in total already.

That nine million figure smashed last year's iPhone 5 which sold five million handsets in the first three days. This could be due to the new Touch ID fingerprint reader in the iPhone 5S but is also likely because the introduction of a second, more affordable,iPhone 5C smartphone.

This has widened Apple's market and, clearly, welcomed in new users who may not have previously been able to afford an Apple handset. Although, in the US at least, the flagship iPhone 5S outsold the iPhone 5C by three times.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet - more than nine million new iPhones sold - a new record for first weekend sales," says Apple's CEO, Tim Cook. "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."

Read Pocket-lint's iPhone 5S review and iPhone 5C review here, or go check out our Touch ID scanner guide to see if you want to join the swelling iPhone army.