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iPhone 5 'shatters' pre-order records with 2m in just 24 hours

Latest Apple phone doubles the previous high set by iPhone 4S

iPhone 5 pre-orders topped two million units in just 24 hours.

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That's more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S, according to Apple.

While the company says the majority of pre-orders "will be delivered" to customers in time for the iPhone release date of September 21, it adds that "many are scheduled to be delivered in October".

"iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

"iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we've ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do."

iPhone 5 features a bigger screen than its predecessors, a smaller dock connector and metal casing, along with enhanced first-party apps via the new iOS 6 update, and significantly faster processors which Apple says makes it capable of playing "console quality" games. An official iPhone 5 trailer offers an overview of the new device's key features.

Check out early iPhone 5 review coverage.

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