“T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO John Legere told Recode’s Ina Fried that the ratio of iPhone 6 Plus orders compared to that of the iPhone 6 was higher than they anticipated. In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus sold out almost instantly, even when the supply constrained iPhone 6 was still available to order,” Krystynak reports. “What is unclear is if this was because it was the more popular choice, or if the initial supply of the 6 Plus was considerably less than that of the more mainstream targeted iPhone 6. Since the 6 Plus is Apple’s first entry into the unfortunately named “phablet” category, it would make sense that they might start with a small pool to test demand.”
“Our interest in the ratio of 6 versus 6 Plus was piqued. We process over 25 billion ad requests a day, so we decided to take a look at the high volume of data we process to learn more,” Krystynak reports. “Globally, usage of the iPhone 6/6 Plus averaged out to an 80/20 split, respectively. Since interaction and usage differences between the 6 and 6 Plus on our network are negligible, it’s fair to estimate that roughly one in five new iPhones sold is an iPhone 6 Plus. Digging a little deeper, we noticed some interesting patterns in global usage ratios. In general, the 6 Plus is much more popular in APAC countries. While in North America, Western Europe, and Australia the iPhone 6/6 Plus ratio is much more aligned with the global average, APAC countries seem to have taken to the 6 Plus in greater numbers.”
“It’s clear that with the 6 Plus, Apple has more than just a niche player on its hands,” Krystynak reports. “We’ll continue to keep an eye on how the numbers evolve in the coming months.”
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MacDailyNews Take: How many customers are still waiting for iPhone 6 Plus. That is the great unknown.
The current ratio of iPhone 6 to iPhone 6 Plus sales could be more of a supply issue than a demand issue. iPhone Plus supply continues to be severely constrained compared to iPhone 6. When supplies are more adequate (it’ll take months), we’ll be able to get a better gauge of iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus popularity.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]