Apple’s iPhone 6 Launches in Canada to Long Lines and More [PICS]

Well, that was fast wasn’t it? Today marks the official launch of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in Canada and 8 other countries including the U.S.

People started waiting in line since Wednesday for the iPhone 6 at Apple Stores, while some were dominated by resellers.

Toronto’s Eaton Centre last night

iPhone line in Montreal

iPhone line in Montreal

It remains to be seen, after so many iPhone launches, whether the Rogers, Bell, and Telus systems can handle the stress. Some of them (Rogers’ and Bell’s) have failed in the past, so . . .

As for online iPhone 6 pre-orders made via Apple’s website, UPS has started to deliver them already on launch day. Our package is scheduled to arrive today.

How has your iPhone 6 launch day been so far? Did you get your iPhone 6 today?

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  • Parksy

    On truck for delivery

  • K4

    Walk in line for Conestoga is baddddddd

  • rhodz_99

    i was too excited to received my iphone 6+ today but when i check the UPS tracking: it was updated to: Monday: 09-22-2014 by end of the day.

  • Anthony ?

    Toronto Eaton Center was completely sold out of all 6 Plus colors and sizes before the store even opened. I’d estimate they only had 300 – 400 units for sale since they weren’t that far down the line when they ran out. Surprised they didn’t have more all things considered.

  • Zii

    I got mine in under 10 minutes!

  • Breed

    On truck for delivery by the end of the day .ups don’t have my buzzer code so seating near my window all day

  • John99

    Markville Mall line up is long. Thank god the pre order pickup has no line up!

  • Guest

    No new updates, phone calls, or emails from Bell here. Was there any point in pre-ordering through these guys? At this point it doesn’t seem so.

  • Sly

    Can someone confirm that the “Reserve and in-store pickup” is working. I pre-ordered on the 12th but I’ve only received 1 email from apple saying that my iPhone is reserve at my local Apple store. I heard we were supposed to get a 2nd email with a barcode to pick it up which I did not receive 🙁 I’m scheduled for pickup later today (5pm). Thanks

  • a

    Toronto Eaton center. I was 21st in line and I am still here. System is down apparently or realllllllllly slow. I pre ordered and I’m getting unlocked.

  • Sly

    hehe nice. This is what I did last year at the DIX30 but this year I was able to do a reserve for in-store pickup later today..no lines for me 🙂

  • Alan Chan

    I drove to Fairview at 8:15 this morning too see how things are. Their parking lots are closed until 10am with a gate. Had to park in the multiple stories car park which was jammed so I left.

    I guess if yours was pre-ordered, you are safe. But by the time I figure out there was pre-order for ISPU (which was the first time Apple had offered it), the pre-order site was down already.

  • a

    Just need an I’d. I never received an email and I currently have my phone.

  • Sly

    Thanks for the info!

  • Hasanc

    Iphone 6 + was all sold out at faireview mall in pointe Claire after 1st 50 ppl.

  • Guest

    Did they take down your info so you didn’t have to line up anymore or are you still in line? How bad is the line up now?

  • Sly

    wow. seems like the limited 6+ supply is true. Good thing I reserved…

  • Guest

    Did they take down your info so you didn’t have to line up anymore or are you still in line? How many people do you think has lined up?

  • Salinger

    The barcode email is US only from what I’ve read. They actually pay for it up front and use the bar code to go in and pick it up.

    For us and the rest of the launch countries, you just reserve and pay for it in-store.

  • I just drove by. I’m going to wait to actually get my hands on each size before I buy one unlocked. Kind of a big investment.

  • Salinger

    I have mine reserved for pickup at 6:00pm at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Hoping the pickup line won’t be too crazy by then. But even if it is, my phone’s reserved, as long as I know I’m getting it, all is good.

  • Nafizur

    there is a separate line for people with reservation

  • Anthony ?

    There were probably over 1000 people in line when I was there. Once they ran out of iPhone 6 Plus I left because they are not taking reservations for future days. Anyone left in line either has to pick a 4.7″ iPhone 6 or go home. They are using a digital system so they know how much stock they have, but they are not taking reservations for the future, it’s same day only.

  • Nafizur

    Reserved mine at yorkdale. There
    is a special line up for people with online reservation. I was second in line,
    as soon as 8am hit, I was in. They have little server overload issue going on,
    but I was out within 15 minutes.

  • Sly

    That’s understandable. I upgrade every year and will always choose the model which has the better features. But indeed its not cheap.

  • Sly

    Not surprised. I used to buy through contract years ago….haven’t been on contract for 4 years now. I only buy direct from Apple (non-contract, unlocked). I only have my Bell plan to pay on a month to month. This is ideal and I would suggest the same for you. In the end you will pay more going through contract. There’s an article on this site that explains the advantages of buying outright.

  • AF

    Is that a massive line too?

  • Anthony ?

    Nope, once they’re sold out they’re sold out. You just go home at that point and try again another day. They are not taking reservations for future days.

  • Anthony ?

    It was very short this morning, probably less than 50 people compared to over 1000 in the walk-in line. By tonight you’ll probably just walk right into the store without waiting.

  • AF

    Awesome. Got my pick up scheduled for 5pm. Hope I’m not there too long. Enjoy your new phone 🙂

  • Anthony ?

    Thanks, I don’t have one yet, a buddy was in the walk-in line and they sold out of 6 Plus before the store even opened, so…

  • Anthony ?

    If they’re anything like Rogers / Fido, your pre-order or reservation just means you’ll eventually get a phone, it doesn’t mean you’ll get your phone on launch day. I stopped buying from carriers after the iPhone 4S, their reservation systems are no better than just walking into a cell phone store on launch day and trying your luck.

  • Salinger

    Hope you weren’t waiting too long. Disappointing. 🙁

  • Jay

    There is at least 1000 in line at Guildford. I had a reservation for 8 to 9. Apple team brought me right into the mall and I am first in line here to get a new iphone 6 in the reservation line. Someone get here and keep me company lol

  • onetallie

    I got an email from rogers yesterday that my phone has shipped and a tracking #. I tracked it and it says it will be delivered by the end of today at my local rogers store. Good luck. Hopefully you will get an email soon.

  • Dave from Ontario

    Just signed for the package, had the phone shipped to my office, but I’m not far from where UPS was holding them in Burlington, ON

  • Jay

    They just announced at Guildford 40min before the store opens they are sold out of Iphone 6 Plus unless you had a reservation.

  • Guest

    How was the walk-in line up at Yorkdale?

  • Sly

    Reservation is the magic recipe this year. Waking up at 3:00am to reserve and going back to bed an hour later is worth it.

  • tiny

    I just upgraded at local phone store. No line ups. Went in at 8 got out at 8:15. While hundreds of people were waiting at the apple store in the same mall.

  • Parksy

    I will about 1.5 hrs by the time the site cooperated, but I’m sitting here waiting for the UPS dude.

  • Salinger

    Yup, it was a bit tough getting through work last Friday, but definitely worth it! Come on 6 o’clock!

  • naablet

    lol thank god i reserved mine for 8am… i literally got there at 7am and was first in line 🙂

  • Salinger

    That only works for people wanting to sign a new contract (on those insane new tariffs) or on an approved legacy plan for renewal (usually $80+ per month). Those not wanting to give up good plans, don’t have that as an option.

  • I’ve been saving up for 2 years after the plans the carriers came out with for the 5S were so bad.

  • tiny

    yes your correct. my solutions is for people looking to upgrade only.

  • KungFu

    That’s because of all the RIM employees wanting a real phone.

  • Kal Bacchus

    Doesn’t look like any of the carriers got 6+ to deliver.

  • KC

    I stopped by conestoga mall in Waterloo and the line was big. So I drove over to the bell store where they were holding a gold 64gb for me. And now I’m using my new phone to type this. 🙂

  • Jeff

    I just picked up my iPhone 6 Plus 64 from the Bell Store in Halifax. Apparently its 1 of 5 in the city. thing is amazing! so much real estate over my 4S.

  • artikas

    what # were you in the Q? and was it a 6+ or regular?

  • BeaveVillage

    I got a really low number for my 6 Plus reservation, but it hasn’t moved since I reserved a week ago. Waiting, but for those of us who want that larger screen it will be worth it.

  • onetallie

    I was order # 105. Its for regular

  • Sidney

    We were just told in the line up that they are running low of iPhone 6+ at the Pacific Centre store in Vancouver.

  • artikas

    hmm, seems like most Rogers customers who ordered the 6+ will have to wait. I ordered a grey 6+ 64gig order #131 and I won’t be getting it today. Has anyone here ordered a 6+ from rogers and is receiving theirs today?

  • artikas

    Has anyone here ordered a 6+ from rogers and is receiving theirs today? I’m order #131 and I most likely won’t get mine today.

  • canadagirl

    I just came back from there and the line wasn’t too bad (I guess…) may 1.5 hours worth? But they did tell me you don’t have to go during the hour you have reserved. they will hold all phones until thee end of business today. As long as you go before they close the phone is yours…

  • AF

    Thanks for the update! Hope it does not get longer in the evening!!

  • Salinger

    1.5 hours for the reserved line? ouch. Oh well, I guess better than being in line and just hoping to get a phone. At least I know at the end of whatever wait, I’ll get it. Seems excessive though, hope it’s cleared a bit by this evening. Thanks for the info!

  • udp

    I’m #49. Called the store I’m supposed to pick up from at 9 and they said they hadn’t received any reservation orders yet. I’ll check again at 6 but don’t think it will happen today. Typical Rogers.

  • Cray

    I’m going to pick my 6 now. For once Rogers did something right by me.

  • artikas

    6+ or 6? It seems like they are short on 6+’s.

  • Hal

    at 9 am one of the Apple guys responded to a question to say that at that point they already had more than 4000 people in lines. I was in the 8am reserve line – got there at 8, and left store at 10am – they said they were letting in 50 from reserve and 25 from walkin as day progressed.

  • Daniel

    Went to BestBuy to pick up my pre-order of the 6 Plus Silver turns out they screwed up and ordered a 6 in space grey 🙁 gotta wait till Wednesday for more shipment

  • artikas

    I called the store, they have no clue. Same with rogers customer service (*611). I gave up on today as well

  • Cliff

    Reservation for 12:00pm at Apple Store in Chinook Centre Calgary – iPhone 6+ 128. Walked out at 12:15. The guys working the lineup were taking some abuse. Completely unnecessary crap.

  • Sly

    Why, frustrated to see the reservation guys coming and going?

  • Peter Pottinger

    So glad I went with the better Galaxy s5

  • Salinger

    So glad you’re pleased with your purchase; in the end, that’s all that matters. I’m sure everyone here will be as well.

  • Bin

    has to come on a strictly iPhone forum to announce it haha pathetic.

  • Kevin

    From the time I left my car to pick up my 2 reserved 128GB 6+ till I got back into my car was 55 minutes at the Conestoga Mall Apple store. I love the in store pick-up option!

  • Mr Rizzo

    Except they had the issue with their application which required to be update for the first unit to be delivered… BTW i got the 6+ in Brossard this morning.. went there at 7AM Out of the store at 8:30…and so far, i’m very happy with the thing! I can’t believe people waited in a line since the last few days to pick up a phone…OMGOSH

  • Cray

    Just 6. Yeah the Rogers store I went to told me they didn’t got absolutely no 6+’s today.

  • LC

    Don’t understand why people wait over night for a phone. Just buy it online at 4AM last week and have it shipped to you today at noon. SIMPLE.

  • Jason

    Just got my Gold Plus 128GB from the UPS man. Ran over to the Pacific Center store to see about a case and it was pandamonium!! Squeezed my way through the crowd and got a case superfast from one of the reps there. Now I just have to unbox everything which I always want to wait forever to do for some reason.

  • J

    i have a reservation for 5 pm, do u guys think i can go earlier or do i have to go at 5 pm

  • Yimmer

    Here’s a basic summary of my first apple preorder experience EVER!
    Friday Sept 12th
    1:30am – Preorder iPhone6 64G Silver(wanted gold), thought I could in store pick up.
    2:00am – Reserved iPhone6 64G Gold for pick up at Guildford Friday Sept 19th 10am
    Friday Sept 19th
    9:45am – Show up at Apple Store and no one in reservation lineup. Greeted, reso confirmed and whisked away to get my iPhone.
    9:55am – New nano sim and a quick change to my rogers account to update the sim.
    10:00am – walked out with my new iPhone 6 🙂
    12:15pm – UPS just dropped off my other iPhone.
    Also while in Guildford, dropped by the Ghost Armour kiosk and got a screen protector. Because I was the first customer they gave it to me for free and I just had to pay $10 for the labour.
    Pretty much went as smoothly as I could have hoped for. Big ups to Gary and the rest of the iphoneincanada team for all the information and tips.

  • DaDood

    The line at Pacific Centre in Vancouver was great until morning. I lined up at 8pm last night the 18th… The morning of the 19th, every Chinese person in front of me (about 100) invited 5 family members each to cut in front of us so we went from definitely getting a phone to no chance in hell. 100 people in front of us to about 500 in the span of a few hours. It was rude and very aggravating to say the least. I was told that because the phone wasn’t releasing in China that they were sending them there and also selling them at near 2X the price on Craigslist. Nice people huh?

  • Yimmer

    That’s some BS, hope you managed to get something. I hope karma gets them and all those phones they ship over get “lost in transit”.

  • artikas

    wow that’s crazy, would have thought that they would have at least have some of the pre-orders for the 6+ covered. oh well, nothing I can do about it now

  • artikas

    that’s horrible. you would assume that apple would hand out tickets or something to avoid something like this from happening but I guess as long as they sell their inventory they won’t be bothered as to what’s ethically right or wrong

  • artikas

    Actually stoked for you man. Nothing better than a good experience

  • Yoo

    Alright, so at Coquitlam Centre they were all sold out, they told me to go to the Apple website tonight and at 12:00 am I have a chance to reserve the iPhone of my choice, let’s say I do reserve the iPhone I want, are they going to keep that one iPhone reserved for me or are they going to give it to the people that are in line that also have reservations? If this was confusing, I just want to ask if I reserve an iPhone and the store gets a shipment, that iPhone will be there for me when I go to pick it up right?

  • Guest

    Where on the website is the iPhone reservation option? Or is it not available to see online yet?

  • Hondanazi

    Didn’t pre-order, didn’t wait in line, just walked into favourite secret phone source(legitimate large retailer) and had 3 people in front of me and walked out with my iPhone 6 128G Space Grey in no time. All the while all the iSheeple at the Apple Store in the same mall waited all day!

  • Yoo

    On the apple website go find your store and underneath the hours, look for “reserve now”.

  • Jchan39

    I had a reservation placed and they didn’t give me a call or anything I just walked in telling them that I had a reservation for a 6. They told me that they didn’t have the reservation ones but stock was plentiful and that they could just replace my reservation model for one of their stock ones. I could choose any colour and any amount of storage because they had it. The man working there told me the speakers they give are a sort of apology for not getting the devices to us on launch day

  • artikas

    I just received a message that my iPhone 6 Plus 64GB Space Grey is in transit from Ontario to the Rogers store in Vancouver. I’m number #131. Just an update for people that are in the same boat as me.

  • artikas

    @udp – not sure if you ordered a 6 or a 6+ but i just received a message that mine is now in transit. I’m #131, just though i give you a heads up in case you didn’t hear anything back

  • DaveMcG

    Reserve for instore pickup is live again. Some stores grey’d out (maybe in time zones where stock hasn’tbeen confirmed for tomorrow)?

    https:// reserve.cdn-apple DOT com/CA/en_CA/reserve/iPhone/availability

    You’ll need to fix the URL.. remove the space between // and reserve and replace DOT with . Did it to get past URL screening. Very likely no 6+’s out there but good luck!

  • Rob

    Waited all day for UPS, they finally show up at 7:30pm when i’m out. Now i wait until Monday. What a joke that company is.

  • Andrew

    You, my friend, have save me tons of time and effort. Just reserve mine. I thank you.

  • Danny

    Just wanted to say a HUGE HUGE thank you to DaveMcG and Yoo for this tip.
    I originally tried to pre-order a gold 6+ right when it opened, but was bummed that by the time it added to cart it was already 3-4 weeks, so it wouldn’t even have mattered that I stayed up.

    Saw Yoo and Dave’s post and decided to give reserving a shot. Was expecting at most a regular 6, but low and behold, managed to grab one 6+ in Gold. Crazy.

    Big props to you both

  • DaveMcG

    My pleasure. Good to see some people didn’t pick up their + orders and you were able to snag one!

  • DaDood

    Nope, didn’t get a phone. Waited 12 hours for nothing. Then tried to reserve one last night but, again… Nothing. Gotta love this city!

  • Nick

    Apple sucks. I got an iPhone 6 on day one, and nothing buy frustration. I tried to restore it from an iTunes backup of my 5S and it gave me an error that the backup was either corrupted or incompatible. So just tried icloud and that took so long it seemed it wasn’t working at all. At one point it got stuck with many apps ‘waiting’ and nothing actually loading. I called tech support and they said I should erase it and start the process again. I did that and it still went super slow. Finally I figured out that if I back up to iTunes from my half restored phone, then restore from that backup it will load the apps from iTunes rather than the cloud and it finally worked in about 15 minutes, but this is after struggling with it from about 12pm to 9pm and wasting a whole day of productivity. (I had paid work I could and should have been doing, but I needed my phone to work by the next day and at the rate it was restoring it wouldn’t be ready until the iPhone 7). Then finally after getting it working I noticed a slightly darker area on the screen – like a smudge but nothing I can wipe away – near the sleep wake button. I called apple and after 40 minutes on the phone the guy wanted to change me for an advance replacement because my apple care didn’t get registered by the carrier yet. I asked to speak to a supervisor and got it resolved, though I need to send back the phone with original box and all accessories so they can ‘capture’ it and figure out what went wrong in manufacturing.
    Long story long, to make this phone work I’ve spent 9 hours working on the computer (many of those also on the phone with tech supprt), then another hour plus dealing with getting a replacement set up, and when it arrives next week I still need to deal with it further. Not exactly the ‘easy’ experience apple likes to pretend they are.

  • jabohn

    Try on a day when tons of people aren’t trying to do the same thing and the experience might be different. Doing this on the release weekend is bound to be slow. As for your backup… I would have gone back to the 5S and tried making a new backup.

  • naablet

    Guys I made a reservation online via Apple and came to the mall at 7 am on Friday, waited an hour and got my phone first…. People are stupid for waiting days and weeks.