iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Preorders Drained Within Two Hours Of Launch
September 9 saw the world fall into an endless debate on whether iPhone 6 was worth it or not. My own Facebook Newsfeed was filled with statuses and shared posts saying it was over hyped and not really worth it. But still, Apple proved it was the man, when it declared it had hit a record in first-day pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours.
Apple has requested the manufacturing companies to produce around 70 million to 80 million units of its latest iPhone by December 30, which accounts for 30-40 percent more orders made than for iPhone 5S and 5C.
The company has further confirmed that the demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was so high, that it surpassed the initial pre-order supplies. Thus, the smartphone deliveries to pre-order customers may continue till October. Moreover, the devices will also be available to walk-in customers on Friday September 18, starting at 8 a.m. at Apple retail stores.
As if the hype was already not enough, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple had already been toying with customers’ emotions with tweets such as:
“I’m backstage and this is my first tweet from my iPhone 6. It’s amazing. You’re going to love it.”
As soon as the iPhones became available for pre-sale, the customers managed to choke the traffic on Apple Store’s site which remained unavailable for more than two hours. Despite all the inconvenience, loyal customers and die hard techies managed to grab all the phones. According to Apple Store, the iPhone 6 models will be shipped in seven to 10 business days, whereas iPhone 6 Plus will not be be available to ship for about three to four weeks.
The Apple Store in Australia came back online around 1 a.m. Within just 20 minutes, that is as of 1:20 a.m., all iPhone 6 Plus phones got sold out, where the shipping from a day or two went to seven to 10 days for the 16GB version. And for the 64GB models, three to four weeks was declared for shipping.
In Germany and France, all 128GB and 64GB 6 Plus had shipping times of three to four weeks as of 1:15 a.m. The 16GB 6 Plus models went to seven to 10 business days in Germany, but September 19 in France.
In the UK at 2:45 a.m., all 128GB, 64GB and 16GB iPhone6 Plus models had shipment dates three to four weeks out. For the iPhone 6, all are seven to 10 days.
Customers began pre-ordering the phones without any turbulence through Verizon Wireless and AT&T, though some customers tweeted complaining about issues with the site. However, the users of Sprint and T-Mobile were infuriated as the sites went down just after pre-sales were about to start.
“Yes, they’re bigger; They’re a lot bigger,” Apple’s marketing chief, Phil Schiller, said during the event. “They are the best we know how to make and I think the best anyone has ever seen.”