Apple confirms: iPhone 6 pre-orders set new records
The iPhone 6 (and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus) is going to be big. And no, we don’t just mean this year’s arrival of the largest screens for iPhone handsets to date; this thing is selling like hotcakes. At least, that’s the impression we got last week when hearing from AT&T that pre-orders for the phone had managed to outdo either of the previous two years’ iPhone launches, but just how many sales are we talking about, anyway? Apple has weighed-in with some official numbers, confirming record-setting interest.
In the first 24 hours of pre-orders alone, Apple fans bought over four million handsets. For the sake of comparison, the iPhone 5 sold more like two-million units in its first 24 hours of pre-orders.
Apple confirms what many of you have been seeing: that this heavy interest means that many pre-orders may not arrive until next month. That said, the company is clear that retail locations will still have stocks on hand for customers attempting to brave the lines this Friday, September 19.
This is only the start of the iPhone 6’s international roll-out, with twenty-some additional nations joining the list of launch countries next week.
Can we call it at this point? Is the era of the four-inch smartphone officially dead, as even Apple users flock to larger-screened devices in record numbers?