The iPhone numbers in South Korea top the preorders seen for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 over a similar period, says the Wall Street Journal.
The retail giant nudges down the price for Apple's two new tablets -- the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 -- while also cutting the cost of the iPad Mini original.
This likely means that Apple is preparing its back-end technology to handle the preorder payload.
Customers can now order the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 tablets, which will be released next week.
If accurate, that's double the number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units sold during launch weekend in the US and elsewhere.
Carriers rejoice as the preorder window for Samsung's phablet has been cut short due to high demand.
Samsung's decision to start preorders on launch day for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feels like a raspberry.
The Moto 360 smartwatch, which sold out in a matter of hours last week, will also be available again, but in limited quantities.
Available for sale September 26, the tablets come packed with Super AMOLED displays, beefy processors and a slim design.
Apple says it hit a record in the first day of sales. However, it confirms demand outstripped initial preorder supplies, so some customers will receive their new iPhones as late as October.