Why I didn’t pre-order the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus

“Happy pre-order day, everyone!” Peter Cohen writes for iMore. “I awoke this morning to find a Twitter feed full of announcements from friends and colleagues sharing details on what model they’ve reserved. I’m sitting this one out.”

“I had been leaning towards pre-ordering the iPhone 6 and being done with it, but I decided at the last minute to wait. Because I’ve seriously been thinking about getting the iPhone 6 Plus instead,” Cohen writes. “And that’s when I realized that paper cutouts might help me figure out if the iPhone 6 Plus would fit in my pocket, but they weren’t going to give me a clear idea of what actually wielding either phone on a daily basis is going to be like.”

“I want to actually hold the phones in my hand before committing to getting one. I want to use them both for a little bit to see what I’m going to be more comfortable with,” Cohen writes. “This year, Apple’s decision to offer two distinctly different models presents us with a unique problem as iPhone customers — choice… Sometimes choice can create uncertainty, as it has for me…”

Read more in the full article here.


    1. I thought for sure he was going to say he overslept when I clicked on the link….

      I’m with you Jen…I don’t think I want the jumbo, but won’t know for sure until I see the thing…

  1. Makes sense to me.

    The iPhone is a very personal device and it’s going to be in your pocket for the next 2 years. You’ll live even if you have to wait another month.

  2. We printed off actual size templates from Apple.com, zooming in on the 5s image. The 6 Plus just seems too big. I also have always carried my phone in my back pocket. That might be a problem with both–but I’m sure it would be an issue with the 6 Plus.

  3. Paul Deneve, Angela Ahrendts should be telling Apple to sell a range nice jeans, jackets etc with big but unobtrusive pockets….

    yeah and rope in Eddy Cue to the fashion team as well, that pink shirt….


    1. I own a travel vest with 17 pockets, one of them designed to hold a full-sized iPad. They are meant to replace the purse. They make them for men too, with 24 pockets (men carry more stuff 😉 )

      Angela surely knows of them, and so should everyone interested in travel security, convenience, and efficiency – see here

  4. He’s right. Everyone says “choice” is a good thing, but Apple knows that the opposite is often true, especially when it comes to sales and customer satisfaction after the sale.

    Apple’s practice has been to limit choice. Steve Jobs took care of a key Apple problem, when he returned. Mismanaged Apple of the 1990’s had dozens of Mac models, some only differing in their confusing names. Most of Apple’s competitors still employ the practice of producing unnecessary “choice” for customers, with confusing product names.

    Previous iPhones made the customer’s BUY decision easy. Pick a color, pick a storage capacity, done. Those options are just secondary considerations. But it NOW; be happy! Now, screen size is an option, and it’s NOT secondary. The result is more customers who cannot decide right away, and they defer the BUY decision to a later date. And after the sale, there will be more customers who return their iPhone because they changed their mind (not happy with choice) and want the OTHER option.

    1. Apple now still does limit the choice, but wrong way. They do not make 4″ flagman any more, which is a shame. I don’t want 4.7″ phone, let alone 5.5″. I understand that there is no way to make 4″ device thinner than iPhone 5/S already it, but it does not matter; 7.6 mm thickness is totally fine by me. I want the smallest and lightest flagman. Now there is no choice other than last years’ model. 🙁

      1. I think a “new” iPhone with a 4-inch screen will be back, in about two years, just as the iPhone 5S ends its three-year run. It will be a “new” model, in addition to the latest larger models. iPhone Air. Or iPhone 5X. The current drove of iPhone 6 and 6+ customers will also have expiring contracts at about that time, and I think a significant number will realize that they miss their old “small” iPhones that fit comfortably in front pants pocket, and did not feel and look awkward being held to the side of their head.

  5. I knew better but now I’m in upgrade/pre-order hell because I magically woke up at 2:03 without an alarm even and had a wild idea to be the first to get my phone! NOT!!!!!!!!! HELP ME!!!!!!! Shipment day from AT&T is showing ’10/31/2014 – 11/11/2014.” My birthday gift to myself it turning more into a Thanksgiving gift. I wonder if there’s something I can pull to stop this train so I can get off!

  6. I’m with you on this. I’m going to finish out my contract so I’m not in line to get either 6 but if I were I’d want to hold the Plus first. Pretty sure I want the smaller phone but nothing beats hands-on experience.

  7. So, I use the patterns to make mock-ups out of cardboard, which gives me a sense of the depth as well and allows me to put them into my pockets, etc. Having said that, there’s still nothing like holding the real thing in one’s hands and using it.

  8. The iPhone 6Plus is only .66 inches wider than previous iPhones… for me it is going to be more comfortable as holding my current phone cramps my hand. Don’t worry so much and go for the Plus – it is a no brainer.

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