One of the biggest announcements to come out of last week was Apple’s official unveiling of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The pair of phones, out later this month, offer the largest iPhone models to date as well as brand new, more powerful hardware and features. New iPhone releases are regarded as a huge event to some and it’s often difficult to not get caught up in the excitement and hype surrounding Apple and their new devices.
So great was the anticipation for new hardware, consumers took to pre-ordering them as soon as possible, resulting in the highest amount of pre-orders for an iPhone to date. Apple announced today that combined pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped four million in the first 24 hours, with demand far exceeding the supply of available phones.
While most will receive their shiny new iPhones on September 19 (launch day) or later this month, there will be a decent amount of buyers that’ll have to wait until October for their orders to be fulfilled. Fortunately, the option to simply walk into an Apple store at 8 a.m. to try and pick one up is still open.
Current Apple CEO Tim Cook had the following to say about the massive amount of pre-orders:
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do. Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”
Specific pre-orders numbers for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were not disclosed, though it would’ve been interesting to see which variation is in the lead. If anything, it’d be a good indicator regarding which of the new phones the general public is gravitating towards. Larger screen phones that resemble PDAs have become increasingly popular, but there’s still a significant amount of people that prefer smaller, more pocket-friendly devices.
Are you excited for Apple’s newest iteration of the iPhone? Between the two display sizes –4.7-inch and 5.5-inch– which seems more your style? Heck, do you even plan on picking one up at launch?
The new iPhones launch on Friday, September 19, 2014 in North America, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. Exactly a week later, on September 26, the devices come to 20 more countries, including Belgium, Ireland, Russia and Spain.