The technology giant’s shares spiked 0.65 per cent in early trading on the Nasdaq, as Apple retail stores opened at 8am to long queues of shoppers.
Online pre-sale orders reached 2m in the first 24 hours, more than double those made for the iPhone 4S last year. The new model costs from £529 for the 16GB model up to £699 for the 64GB model.
Meanwhile, Samsung plans to add the iPhone 5 to its pending lawsuit against Apple for patent infringements. In a US District Court filing, the South Korean electronics maker said: “Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models.”