Apple’s first weekend iPhone 6/Plus sales top 10 million, set new record

Apple today announced it has sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, a new record, just three days after the launch on September 19. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK and will be available in more than 20 additional countries on September 26. The new iPhones will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.

“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use. Both models include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger.

The new iPhones include iOS 8, the biggest release since the App Store, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.

Customers are encouraged to check the Apple Store app or online to receive updates on availability and estimated delivery dates. Every customer who buys an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store. Customers can also learn more about iOS 8 and their new device through free workshops at all Apple retail stores worldwide. In the US, the new iPhones are also available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and additional carriers, and Apple Authorized Resellers including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target and Walmart.

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of US$199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models are available for sale from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and additional carriers, and Apple Authorized Resellers including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target and Walmart. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on September 26, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.

Source: Apple Inc.

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32 Comments

    1. Oh, it wasn’t without China. The first 400 in line at every Apple Store in the U.S. and Australia were non-English speaking Chinese buying up the citizens’ iPhones to ship back to grey marketeers in China.

        1. I did notice on the video of the line in Palo Alto that stretched 3 blocks, had a high percentage of Asian in it. Didn’t know if it was just the area’s normal population or the marketeers thing as mentioned above.

  1. I suppose this is the problem with having such an in demand product. Even if you could ramp up the production, you might then end up with over supply once the pent up demand is satisfied. Great problem to have though.

      1. Wow, that’s pretty good. There was a lot of talk (and from MDN) that the larger phones would be welcome. I’m glad it’s come to bear fruit.

        Thanks for the info.

    1. Pre orders are not sales. They only become a sale when you receive it, so obviously any iPhone that was pre-ordered and reached the hands of the customer by Sunday would be included in those sales figures. However not all of those pre-orders will have been delivered yet as many aren’t scheduled to be shipped for a while.

      1. Wrong. Pre-orders ARE sales. When the order is placed online, the phone is sold (paid for). If purchased for Personal Pickup (pickup in the Apple Store), the order is transmitted to the store, or shipped to the store. But they are sold in the online transaction.

  2. I’m sure Wall Street will not be impressed by those iPhone sales. The big guys are making much more money from pumping Alibaba to the hilt. Apple picked the wrong weekend for the iPhone release as it will go relatively unnoticed by investors.

    I’m sure Samsung will definitely take notice and start slashing prices of the Galaxy S5 and getting ready for an early release of the Galaxy S6 (or some fancy new model) to match the iPhone 6. Samsung has no set release schedules for products and does whatever is necessary to weaken rival’s product sales.

  3. The iPhone 6 is the phone I’ve been dreaming about since the first generation. I. LOVE. THIS. PHONE.

    As for the 6 Plus, what I’ve learned is this: if you want a phone, this is likely not for you. It just seems too big for anything called a phone. But if you want an incredible mini tablet that is mobile with an INCREDIBLE screen, that also happens to let you make calls. Well, this is the device you’ve been dreaming about.

    It’s all in how you conceptualize the Plus.

    1. The screens on both the 6 and 6 Plus are nothing short of amazingly incredible! The demo phones in the Apple Store have clips of a couple of movies in the Videos app. BLOW YOU AWAY definition!!! The camera features (LOVE Time Lapse!!!) and quality is also excellent!! Exciting new devices!

  4. Wallstreet will find a reason to be disappointed. The incredible thing is that this is sell through of just he iPhone 6 models. I was at a local Apple store and saw people drooling over them and others buying iPhone 5C and 5s models, as well. The really incredible thing is if they can’t keep up with demand through Christmas and can’t open China until after Christmas, it will be two Christmas seasons in a row. I am waiting for my 128 gig 6 plus to be delivered and visited the Apple Store late yesterday to touch it. It is big, but easily fits in my pocket. It feels like something you never want to put down. It took great pictures in the store. The screen is unbelievable. Typing on the Keyboard is fantastic. The truth is, to see it is to want it.

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