Apple sees record-breaking preorder waiting times for new iPhone 15 models

Monday saw record-breaking preorder waiting times for Apple’s iPhone 15, iPhon 15 Plus, its high-end iPhone 15 Pro and flagship iPhone 15 Pro Max, suggesting a surge in demand, according to Counterpoint Research data.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max represent the very best of Apple innovations, featuring a strong and lightweight titanium design, a new Action button, powerful camera upgrades, and A17 Pro.
iPhone 15 Pro Max represents the very best of Apple innovations, featuring a strong and lightweight titanium design, a new Action button, powerful camera upgrades, and A17 Pro.

Delivery times on pre-orders for the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max came in significantly higher than corresponding iPhone 14 models across key markets, according to Counterpoint Research’s Apple 360 Service. The US was a prime example, with buyers of the base and top-end model having to wait 4 and 9 days longer, respectively, than those last year; Plus and Pro buyers will receive their devices up to two weeks faster.

“I don’t think it’s a big surprise the Pro Max is showing longer wait times than its predecessor,” says Senior Analyst, Manufacturing, Ivan Lam. “It’s normal to experience hiccups when you’ve got significant upgrades on complex mechanisms like the camera module. But looking at wait times this weekend as the product starts selling in stores, it looks like availability is moving in the right direction and normalizing.”

Commenting on the iPhone 15, Jeff Fieldhack, Research Director for North America, notes, “The introduction of premium features like Dynamic Island previously exclusive to the Pro lineup has really increased its appeal to the general consumer base. It’s basically an iPhone 14 Pro at base level price and paired with the new aesthetic updates has created more incentives for users to upgrade this year.”

“What’s a bit surprising are the base model iPhone 15 wait times in China, which were 4X more than last year on launch day. We were expecting them to come in a lot lower – maybe on par with last year – based on all the discounting we saw on the 14 series during H1,” reflects Archie Zhang, Research Analyst, China. “But it could just be a sign Apple’s still ramping up supply as we move into the busiest quarter.”

“And as far as ultra-premium is concerned, the Pro Max is still the most coveted iPhone in China with long delivery wait times reflecting this,” adds Zhang. “But they’re similar to last year at the moment, and with scalper premiums way down, it could be a combination of less appetite for impulse buying amongst consumers and a similar demand-supply profile as last year.”

MacDailyNews Take: Should bode well for Apple shareholders.

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