The company was able to beat its record of 10 million for sales during the previous generation of its iPhone in 2014.
The results from this year benefited from the inclusion of the market in China where its regulatory problems were the cause of a delay in the sale of the handset last year.
Analysts expected the company to have sales of between 12 million and 13 million phones the first weekend.
In a prepared statement, Tim Cook the CEO at Apple said the feedback from customers was incredible with great responses on the new 3D Touch and the Live Photos.
We cannot wait to bring the latest generation of iPhones to people in even more nations starting October 9.
Analysts said Apple was almost assured of setting a new sales record for the iPhone due to China be included in the sales this year.
Many also believe that China will eventually be Apple’s largest overall market.
However, figures that were announced on Monday have suggested that the overall sales of the iPhone were up, said a senior analyst on Wall Street.
Demand in China was called white-hot by one analyst, which should ease the mind of many investors.
Another analyst added that the strong sales also suggest that Apple would seize more market share from its biggest competitor Samsung.
Cupertino. California based Apple said its new iPhones would become available on October 9 in 40 more countries reaching over 130 countries by the end of 2015.
The new iPhones arrived on Friday in stores kicking off a cycle of sales that will be much scrutinized for any signs of the amount of lure the smartphone still has.
In early trading on Monday, shares at Apple were lower by 1.5%.