Yes, you heard right. iPhone 6 models broke all the previous iPhone sales records with an amazing 4 million pre-orders within the first day after being introduced. Due to such a huge demand, some of the customers will have to wait for their new iPhone until late October. With both models releasing on this coming Friday, you will witness biggest launch in the 38-year-old history of Apple. When you compare the latest iPhone pre-orders with iPhone 5 models, you can make out why iPhone 6 is so far so big.
iPhone 5 sales two years ago totaled over 5 million within the first weekend. Whereas last year iPhone 5S & 5C sales saw a 9 million mark within the first weekend. If we go by the alleged reports, Apple has asked its manufacturing partners for 70-80 million iPhone 6 units production by this December, a giant leap of 30-40% when compared to iPhone 5C & iPhone 5S last year.
Because of a significant popularity, the deployment of devices will start the coming Friday that will continue throughout this whole month. However, many iPhone 6 models not expected before October, which means most customers, will have to wait more. This can already be seen on the website of wireless carriers who are promising a longer wait time specifically for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus model. You can expect long queues outside Apple stores and henceforth Apple encourages all the customers to reach early, place an online order, or wait for the estimated date of delivery. Even Apple has changed the timing of shipping from 1 week to approximately 3 weeks. iPhone 6 has broken all previous records could be analyzed from one simple fact that iPhone 5 sold out 2 million preorder units within first day of announcement.
Last year, when iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C models were launched around same time, Apple was unable to make iPhone 5S readily available due to some issues in the preorder supply. However, thankfully Apple had iPhone 5C to offer. Apple did not disclosed the actual pre-order sales figures of iPhone 5C because of a weak commitment cycle. Even it did not gained as popularity as iPhone 5S. Therefore, it was available even after the initial pre-orders. Contradictory, most people had to wait for as long as a month to avail their iPhone 5S. AT&T & Verizon Wireless already started with the pre-order phase with some minor customer complaints that turned out to be negligible as compared to the T-Mobile & Sprint customers. T-Mobile & Sprint sites were down even after the start of presales orders. Sprint site access became difficult and T-Mobile site showed reminder registration to the users.
4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available from this coming Friday across 115 countries for a starting price of $199 with 16GB storage and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will see a starting price of $299 with 16GB storage. The unlocked starting price for UK will be £539 & £619 respectively for both models. Stock price of Apple went up by 1% on Monday to $102 seeing a 28% increase this year. The handset expected to arrive in countries like US, UK, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia. Gradually it will arrive in more countries such as UAE, Turkey, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Italy, Isle of Man, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, and Austria. With the Apple iPhones demand growing each year, only time will tell to what extent iPhone 6 will succeed.