iPhone 6/Plus queues far larger than for iPhone 5/5s launches

“Apple kicked off sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Australia at 8 am in Sydney (6 pm Thursday evening Eastern Time) to large crowds,” Chuck Jones reports for Forbes. “One of the people waiting in line who has been at the head for multiple launches said there were more than 1,000 people and far outnumbered the iPhone 5 launch two years ago. ”

“The strong showing mirrors the 4 million pre-orders that the company received in the first 24 hours even without China being in the first wave of countries receiving the new models,” Jones writes. “Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s head of retail and on-line stores worldwide, was in Australia for the launch. I would expect Tim Cook to show up at both Palo Alto, California, stores on Friday and possibly a few others in the San Francisco area.”

“It may turn out that supply in the stores is very limited, at least for the 6 Plus,” Jones writes. “According to one MacRumors reader many stores in Australia only received 1 iPhone 6 Plus.”

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7 Comments

  1. And yet…
    I hadn’t pre-ordered my desired iPhone 6 because my Verizon contract isn’t up until November. but earlier this week I read here that Verizon was allowing early upgrades for those within two months of being eligible. Having heard about the long wait times, I decided to put my order in immediately. I had some trouble with the website and it was a few hours later but I got my order in. The website claimed that it would ship within two days of September 19. I knew this couldn’t be right, so I settled down to wait a few weeks. And yet … UPS says that my iPhone is on the truck in Oakland for delivery today. Amazing.

    1. There were never any long waiting times. Apple had ample stock and was just trying to build excitement.

      Here in Australia the ‘queues’ lathe Apple stores lasted all of 15 minutes. Anyone who wanted a phone got one.

      1. Actually Apple died an ignominious death in 1997 death with Steve Jobs declined to accept the Interim CEO Job, preferring to concentrate on making animated films, and the position was instead accepted by Steve Balmer who resigned from his position at Microsoft. Within two weeks of Balmer taking the reins at Apple and his announcement of Apple adopting Windows as its new operating system, the company stock dropped below $1 on the NASDAQ and was delisted. It filed for bankruptcy six months later. Of course, all these events occurred in an alternate universe.

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