It seems that everyone wants an iPhone, whether the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, as Apple and its resellers/partners struggle with the unmitigated volume of incoming pre-orders for the fruit companies latest premier handset reincarnations.
After their overwhelming launch success, both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the humongous 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus were made available for online pre-order last Friday and within minutes, the delivery dates for both iPhones started to slip. Online pre-order sites of Apple resellers and carrier partners experienced outages as orders literally swamped their servers. Even telephone help lines were either down or cannot be reached as eager Apple fans tried their luck to get through and place an order for Apple’s iconic flagship mobile devices.
Apple will sell its iPhone in 115 countries on September 19 with the iPhone 6 going for $199 for the 16GB base version while the iPhone 6 Plus will cost $100 more at $299 (AT&T/Sprint/Verizon). T-Mobile carries them contract-free at $649 for the iPhone 6 and $749 for the iPhone 6 Plus. First to go was the iPhone 6 Plus which has gone out of stock from the Apple online store just minutes after it was put up for sale. AT&T, one of Apple’s carrier partner said that the iPhone 6 Plus would be delivered to adoring fans between November 2 to 27, while those waiting for their iPhone 6 will have to wait around 21 to 35 days before they can get their hands on their beloved iDevices. Other carriers are reporting similar situations going on their camps but this is pretty much positive complaints as business has been very brisk for all companies concerned, especially Apple.
Although consumers continue to purchase Apple’s older devices such as the iPhone 5 and its siblings, people have been clamoring for a bigger-screened device from the Cupertino firm. As Apple’s competitors, prominently Samsung and LG, have been churning out these phablets for a number of years now, Apple’s initial foray into this realm can be deemed a great success, a dream come true for die-hard Apple fans, and a very formidable threat to competitors as demand for its new expansive iPhones keep pouring in in torrents.