Apple Says iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus announced on Sept. 9, 2014.

Record numbers scoop up new iPhones on opening weekend; Meanwhile, Samsung eyes debut of its first Tizen-based device

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models.

The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year.

CEO Tim Cook says demand for the phones has exceeded the company's expectations. Besides larger screens, the new phones offer faster performance and a wireless chip for making credit card payments. The phones start at $199 with a two-year service contact.

It was also reported on Monday that Samsung, Apple's main competitor and the world's biggest smartphone supplier, will finally release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India by year's end.

Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

The Tizen mobile platform is Samsung's effort to build its own mobile ecosystem akin to Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Most of its smartphones are powered by Google's Android system.

The Tizen device to be released in India "will coexist with the Android devices," Malik said in the report. Samsung's headquarters in Seoul said it had no comment.