Apple says iPhone 5 grabs 2 million pre-orders in 24 hours

Apple on Monday said its iPhone 5 was pre-order more than 2 million times in 24 hours when it became available on Friday.

That number is twice what the iPhone 4s was able to pull in last year, according to Apple.

“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.”

The iPhone 5 was introduced last Wednesday at a special event in San Francisco. The new iPhone debuted with a larger screen, faster processor, faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, among other new features.