Apple said pre-orders of its iPhone 5 climbed over two million in just 24 hours, doubling the previous one million record set by iPhone 4S.

Released for pre-orders on September 14th, demand for the new smartphone already outstrips the initial supply. However, Apple reports that the majority of pre-orders in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. will still be delivered to customers on September 21st with the balance scheduled in early October.

The latest iPhone, which Apple says is the thinnest smartphone in the world, is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S. The 4G LTE powered phone is equipped with a 4-inch retina display, an A6 chip, improved battery performance and iOS 6, Apple's latest mobile operating system that has 200 new features.

The 26 Apple retail stores in Canada expect the new iPhone 5s to be available at 8 AM on Friday, September 21st. Available in white/silver or black/slate, the suggested retail prices are $699 for the 16GB model, $799 for the 32GB, and $899 for the 64GB version.

Bell, Rogers and TELUS are selling the new iPhone 5 starting at $179.95 for the 16GB model with a three-year term.

iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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