Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has sold over four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices in first 24 hours, thus setting new pre-order records. Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tim Cook, declared in a statement that the pre-orders for the two devices has set a new record for Apple and the company is eager to get the new handsets to its customers starting this Friday.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus handsets have run short of supply. Customers looking to order Apple’s larger iPhone 6 Plus will have to wait three to four weeks before their new smartphones gets in their hands. The Apple Store website states that all pre-orders for the iPhone 6 Plus, which boasts a 5.5-inch display, won’t ship until early October. However, the iPhone 6 is still available in all models for shipping by launch day on September 19.
Websites of carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile experienced delays at midnight, when pre-orders were opened to the public. Sprint’s online store remained down. Naturally, that led to several users expressing their frustrations over the social networking website Twitter.
The new iPhones also feature Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system, through which users can process purchases with their phone and contactless payment hubs. Apple said it received a record four million first-day pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning many customers will have to wait until October for their new phones. Apple also claimed that a significant number of orders will be delivered to customers beginning Friday, but many will be shipped in October as demand outstrips supply. ”We attribute this (pre-order numbers) to the large pent-up demand for larger screens on the iPhone”, Janney Capital Markets analysts wrote in a note.
For iPhone 5Ss and 5Cs launched last year, it sold 9 million of those phones in the first three days in stores as China joined the list of launch countries for the first time. Apple said the new iPhone models will be available to customers in its stores in the US, Canada, Australia and some other countries on Friday morning. AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless and some Apple authorized resellers will also start selling the phones on Friday. Apple’s website showed last week that the larger 5.5-inch “Plus” models displayed a month’s wait time. The 4.7-inch version was available for delivery on September 19.