Apple has already sold out of its new iPhone 6 Plus device, not even a full day after the device became available for order.
Apple opened up preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last night, and it appears that Apple and all the major U.S. wireless carriers have completely sold through their initial allotments of the Plus. That’s saying a lot, considering that the iPhone 6 Plus is $100 more expensive than the regular model and is available with three different storage options (16GB for $299, 64GB for $399, and 128GB for $499).
Those wishing to preorder the iPhone 6 Plus at this point can still do so but will need to wait longer before getting the actual device. While people who managed to pre-order the phone before it was out of stock should receive their devices by Sept. 19, Verizon is telling customers they’ll get their back-ordered phones by mid October, while AT&T warns it could take up to 45 days. T-Mobile and Sprint don’t have concrete shipping dates, but do notify customers that the phone is on back order.
Apple is expected to ship over 80 million iPhones this year, and if today’s preorder activity is any indication, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Prior to Release
Apple had run into a huge buying pause just ahead of the launch of the next iPhone. This shows that there are a lot of consumers who are holding off their purchases for the upcoming iPhone. According to analysts, Apple’s introduction of big-screen phones is likely to drive a massive iPhone 6 upgrade cycle. Banking on this possibility, shares of Apple have surged in recent months. Earlier this month, Apple’s shares have touched an all-time high and are hovering around $1
Plenty of reasons to upgrade to an iPhone 6
The biggest reason for someone to upgrade to a newer iPhone would definitely be its bigger screen. As opposed to its competition who were busy churning out phablets like the Galaxy Note 4 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra with screen sizes reaching as large as 6.4 inches, Apple has held itself restricted from releasing a smartphone with a bigger screen.
When asked about a possibility of an iPhone with a bigger screen, Tim Cook said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, “What we’ve said is that until the technology is ready, we don’t want to cross that line. That doesn’t say we’ll never do it. We want to give our customers what’s right in all respects – not just the size but in the resolution, in the clarity, in the contrast, in the reliability. There are many different parameters to measure a display and we care about all those, because we know that’s the window to the software.”