iPhone 6 Plus is a hit everywhere – especially so in Asia

“Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched with much fanfare,” John Krystynak reports for AppLovin. “The 6 Plus was Apple’s first foray into the phablet market, so naturally a question about what the sales ratio was between the two new iPhone models arose.”

“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.”

AppLovis: iPhone 6 Plus is a hit everywhere – especially so in Asia

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: How many customers are still waiting for iPhone 6 Plus. That is the great unknown.

As we wrote back in September:

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.]


  1. I have heard, some carrier’s, orders originating on launch day or pre launch are still not fulfilled.

    I ordered directly from store.apple.com on my iPhone!!! It was just one tool in my iPhone pre order war chest. As we will remember, Apple’s own website was down for quite some time. I believe this added incentive to purchase directly from the main carriers, where they ended up selling more units than anticipated. While scalpers purchased phones on launch day and shipped them all over the world, quite a few upstanding customers are left waiting.

  2. I ordered my 6+ from AT&T on September 18th. I received a notice that it would ship between November 5 and 15. On the 14th I received a notice that the order had been cancelled. No valid reason. Just cancelled. I then made two visits to the AT&T store (the first two involving lengthy calls to AT&T), I made a lengthy call to AT&T on my own, and I made a third trip to the AT&T store. Long and short: Too bad. I had to reorder from scratch, blowing off the month long wait I had gone through. Word is it will now ship the week before Christmas (which means it arrives in January of next year). As for the refund on the sales tax I paid for the first order? They have no record of it and nothing was refunded on my card.
    I really hate AT&T. It’s too bad that it is the best carrier for my 400 mile flight path.
    If they mysteriously cancel this order as well, I’ll go ballistic.

  3. I compared the 6 to the 6+ when I was at an Apple Store in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. While I really like the 6, the 6+ was much more aligned with my wants for a smart phone.

    Ordered last week the 128gb directly from Apple…will arrive in the US around Dec 11. I ordered the unlocked version to keep my carrier options open ended. Now to find the right carrier. Hmmmmmm

  4. I ordered my 6 Plus 64GB from Apple on October 31 since the nearest Apple Store and Verizon didn’t have squat. Got the ship notice yesterday but it won’t arrive until December 1.

    Two fellow workers have the 6 and they are sweet. Replacing my iPhone 4 with a 6 Plus will be one heck of a big change and I can’t wait.

  5. Ordered unlocked (Came with a T-Mobile SIM) 128 Gray 6 Plus from Apple first day of preordering. Arrived a month later – 3 weeks after first day of USA sales. Meanwhile I had picked up a free ATT nano SIM at local ATT Store. I’m one of those grandfathered unlimited data ATT guys from the 2008 3G launch. If I wasn’t, I’d be using a Consumer Cellular nano SIM instead.

    Still get used to the gigantic size. Have to pay a tailor $20 per breast pocket to extend the flaps so I can stop using a rubber band between the flap hole and the button to secure it for now. 😜

  6. MacDailyNews Take: How many customers are still waiting for iPhone 6 Plus. That is the great unknown.

    The answer to that question is: ME! And if I could, I’d increase the font to size 96 and make it bold and underline with a million exclamations!

    Hopefully iP6+ stock will parity with demand soon. The iPhone 5s caught up to demand in early December, so hoping for something similar. I could order online and wait the 3, 4 weeks or more but I’ve lost the enthusiasm I had on preorder night for my first iPhone purchase ever where all I had was a frozen Apple splash page to stare at for three hours and then a week later where the Apple store didn’t have the carrier model, color, gb size in stock. So I’ll get one, just it’s no longer a priority.


  7. I’ve had the 6 Plus for 2 weeks now (upgraded from the 4S) and I can’t be happier. It took abot a week to get used to the size but I can even handle most things one-handed now and I’m not a big guy with big hands at all.

    It’s important to get the right case that provides a firm grip and I tried a bunch before settling on the Apple leather case. I also have a bulkier heavy-duty iBlason case that I use during work which requires me to roam manufacturing and warehousing floors. It’s like putting on a protective “uniform” for work and then I put the phone back in the Apple case when I go home.

    Can’t say enough good things about the 6 Plus. It’s everything I’ve wanted in an iPhone and more. The display is amazing and I never have to put on the reading glasses when looking at the display. Everything is really zippy and smooth and it’s got 128gb for me to store my favorite music in Apple Lossless format which makes a big difference in the audio quality. Just the perfect smartphone for me. Can’t be happier.

  8. Got my 64 Gig 6+ earlier today. Wow! After playing with it for an hour I picked up my iPhone 5 and it seems tiny, like I should pick it up with a pair of tweezers. SO MUCH BETTER!

    The 6+ seems bigger at the store while tethered to a cord. I was worried that it would be too big. At the store using it as a shopping list was a bit awkward, but so was the iPhone 5 to be honest. The iPad wins for reading comic books but that might be about it — we’ll see as time goes by, comic books are finally reasonably readable on an iPhone if not ideal.

  9. I’m Canadian – I ordered my 6+ from Bell Canada on Nov 4th and still waiting!!! They said that it would come the friday after I ordered it … but I still don’t even have a confirmation number.

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