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Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Sell Out Like Hotcakes [u]

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Apple has (in theory) started taking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders at 12:01 am PST, selling out its initial stock of 5.5-inch units in just a couple of hours, followed by the smaller, 4.7-inch model.

Those who remained awake had the chance to grab the first wave of units available, although, as the hundreds of posts show, it was a challenge to get the eagerly awaited iPhone 6 Plus units. Just a few hours later, the online availability of the bigger iPhone 6 was pushed back by weeks, and those who wanted to order one this morning had to face the harsh reality: either line up in front of the store hours ahead of opening, or wait.

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Interestingly, the biggest interest was around the iPhone 6 Plus, as early in the morning the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was still available for delivery between September 19 and 23. As of writing the article the entry level version is available to ship in 7-10 business days for the silver and space grey units, but, if you are after the gold version, you’ll have to wait up to 4 weeks. The only version currently available (ships between September 19-3) is the 128GB iPhone 6 in space grey.

All versions of the iPhone 6 Plus are only available to ship in 3-4 weeks.

Which iPhone 6 are you? What version have you managed to pre-order? Or did you choose the online reservation option?

Update: An Apple representative told Re/code that the overnight sales of the new iPhones set a record:

“Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders overnight,” Apple told Re/code.

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  • Mike Fradette

    I tried ordering online and in the app since 12:01am PDT. I wasn’t able to choose my 128GB, space gray, unlocked until 1:49am PDT. It says I should receive it between October 21-28th.

  • Dave

    Hmm… does this mean the demand for the 6 Plus is higher, or simply the supply is less? We heard about the latter as a rumour…

  • Carlos

    Thanks to the tip from Gary, I got mine at about 3:30 a.m EST. by using the Apple Store App. They website was still down at the time. My 128GB Space Grey iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered between September 19 – 22.

  • AED

    The Plus was gone in about 3 seconds, but there seems to be quite a few regular iPhone 6 ‘s left for preorder pick-ups. Don’t know if the rumors of production issues limiting supply for the + were true after all, or if Apple underestimated the demand for this model. I’m sure the margins are great for this model. They’re going to make a ton of money with those.

  • WatDah

    How about: the demand for iPhone 6+ is higher than expected, therefore the supply seems less in turn.

  • Joel

    Time to recoin the phrase: Hotcakes sell like iPhones

  • Dave

    Yes, both are plausible. Hopefully we will see some numbers after the weekend.

  • WatDah

    Don’t worry, We’ll read about Tim Cook announcing a record breaking roll out again next week. It always happens.

  • Peter

    You’re one of the lucky ones. I used the app at the same time, and 30 minutes earlier and later, and got bupkiss.

  • pegger1

    Not if they couldn’t meet the demand even if they expected it, due to production issues.

  • Alex

    I was on the freaking website since 2:50am (east) refreshing until 4am … I jumped to android after the iPhone 5 for a bigger screen hence I couldn’t use the apple store app… anyways… At 4:15am I sadly gave up and went back for my last 2 hours of sleep before work… when I woke up at 6am, I looked back and I was able to reserve for pick up a 64gb iPhone 6+ in space grey at eaton centre in TO within 5 seconds…. Yah… pretty lucky I’d say reading all of your horror stories !

  • H Money

    I was spamming the site as 3am until 3:20 and see ppl getting into the store via app. Tried that for the next hour, kept getting error and tried jumping around different colors and specs hoping to see that blue add to cart button pop up. In the end I got a IP6 16g and IP6+ 64G All silver

  • Derek Kraneveldt

    Well, by the time I finally got in (after 2AM), all of the base 6 Plus units had slipped to 3-4 weeks.

    I don’t want to wait that long, so I’ll probably head to the Pacific Centre Apple Store. Coming from Vancouver Island though, anyone have any ideas as to when the best time to line up would be? If I arrive at the Pacific Centre at about 9PM (taking the first ferry when I finish work), are my chances alright?

  • jabohn

    When a million people are all doing the same thing as you just described, not everyone will get in. Sorry that you got f*’d over. Life is tough sometimes!

  • Parksy

    I got a 64GB Plus in Space Grey at 4:08AM EST. Supposed to arrive next Friday. The app was being stupid and 15 minutes later, the second one was finally ordered and will come the end of October……

  • Jaggy

    Got the 6 plus 128 gb space grey @ 4:00am exactly using the Apple Store App. From 03:01EDT to 04:00 the app was showing unavailable. The web was always showing “we’ll be back”. Delivery is scheduled for Sept 19th – 23rd.

  • Carlos

    Yeah I got really lucky I guess! Tired at work today though 🙂

  • bspence88

    Luckily I managed to find that reservation link. If it wasn’t for that I would be waiting 3-4 weeks. I got 3, 128GB iPhone 6 Plus’s to be picked up at 8:00am at Masonville Apple Store in London, ON.

  • Yes, I would say so.

  • Dave fron Ontario

    Why would you share those kinds of details, people know what you are buying, where and when.

  • Not to worry, bspence88 has a black belt in karate!

  • bspence88

    Haha it’s true I do!
    Why should I be worried? There’s going to be hundreds of others stocking up on iPhones as well. Just because I said where and when I’m picking them up doesn’t mean someone is going to target me. They also can’t steal my reservation because you need my Apple ID an government issued ID. Not much to worry about here.

  • Derek Kraneveldt

    Beautiful. I guess I know what I’m doing next Thursday night!

  • kabsalsa

    It took me about 50 minutes at 3 am EST to be able to order 2 6plus in grey and gold. Got luck on one of four devices. One (grey) ships sept 19 but the gold is three weeks. They obviously went fast in gold or low supply. Hope you can reserve in store after the 19th and I can pick one up. Both were 64 GB

  • Jason Reid

    Took 1hr 36 minutes but I used the Apple store app on my 5s to snatch up a 16gb Silver and a 64gb Space grey iPhone 6. Delivered next Friday!

  • John

    just a heads up the line up starts at the H&M doors on the side of Granville street just right in front of the Granville street sky train entrance. A lot of people find their way into the mall (some doors are not locked) and try to line up inside are removed by security.

  • Derek Kraneveldt

    Great. Thank you for the heads-up!

  • Stephen

    I was able to get mine around 3:45am EDT. I had my iPhone on 3G with Apple Store open, iPad mini on Wifi with Apple Store open, as well as my macbook. I kept refreshing my iPhone 6 64GB Space Grey option. Initially it kept saying unavailable, but then it worked. Tried the same thing on my iPhone and it showed unavailable. Was able to make my pre-order, but it too longer than I anticipated. Thanks for the tip for using the app.

  • Cheers!

  • Stefan

    Same here :/

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