iPhone X sales
Apple’s iPhone X is off to a good start, according to a new report. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

It looks like many Apple fans really waited for the iPhone X instead of settling for the iPhone 8 or its bigger counterpart, the iPhone 8 Plus. A new report is now claiming that the sales of the 10th anniversary handset are off to a good start. In fact, the iPhone X sales within the first week of retail availability outpace the sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

On Monday, Mashable learned from Localytics’ latest data report that the iPhone X has already outpaced the yearly upgrades in its first week of availability. Out of the 70 million iOS devices examined, 0.93 percent were found to be iPhone X units. The figure is significantly higher than the 0.3 and 0.4 percent first-week availability sales of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, respectively.

Based on the data report, the iPhone X even trails behind the first week stats for the iPhone 6, which is 2 percent, and iPhone 6S, which is 1 percent. Localytics says it will be releasing more market share data as it becomes available, but for now it’s clear that the iPhone X is really doing well. Apple has yet to share official sales figures at this point, but CEO Tim Cook has said that the demand for the first OLED iPhone is “off the charts.”

Cook wasn’t wrong when he claimed that there is strong demand for the iPhone X. USA Today reports that in less than three days, the iOS 11-running powerhouse sold out in 20 big cities. The publication even did a spot check of availability for the new model, but it was only able to find devices available for same day retail pickup in Spokane and Tacoma, Washington. From this alone, it can be concluded that consumer enthusiasm did not decrease in spite of the increase in the prices of the new models.

Apple has since listed that the iPhone X is no longer available for pickup in the following: Albuquerque, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

When the iPhone 8 was launched in September, it was found out that the iPhone 7 successor did not do better than its predecessor during its first weekend, as pointed out by Fortune. At the time, it was speculated that many Apple fans were holding off their plans of upgrading until the release of iPhone X. It seems the iPhone 8 upgrades, such as the A11 Bionic processor, new glass finish and wireless charging were not enough to capture the attention of consumers.

Last Friday, IBT also reported that the iPhone 8 was met with sluggish sales when it debuted in Samsung’s home country, South Korea. The response to the smartphone was relatively tepid mainly because it isn’t big of an upgrade like the redesigned OLED model, which is arriving in the country in December. It’s also worth noting that Samsung has released a remarkable rival in the form of the Galaxy Note 8, which also sports advanced features.