Apple reports sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold in record numbers in the first 24 hours after the launch last Friday. According to Apple a whopping 4 million units were pre-sold in the 24 hours after the launch breaking all previous sales records.
Two years ago, Apple reported iPhone 5 preorders during the same initial 24 hour period were in the two-million range. Apple didn’t issue 24 hour figures for iPhone 5s and 5c, both of which went on sale in September 2013, but Apple sold nine million iPhone 5s and 5c during the opening weekend, breaking all prior initial weekend iPhone sales records.
Effectively all the pre-order stock was sold out over the past weekend and now most carriers are now offering delivery in early October while the Apple store is showing 3-4 weeks delivery on most models except the the 16Gb Space Grey iPhone 6 which is showing 7-10 days delivery as of 1PM Monday Sept 15. Apple says there will be stock available for walk-in customers beginning at 8AM September 19. In other words if you are prepared to wait on line for hours maybe you will be able to buy one of the first iPhones.
I’m not surprised at the huge interest in these new phones, many have been holding off upgrading waiting for a bigger iPhone and now that it has arrived I expect Apple will have trouble keeping them in stock especially during the holiday period.