Apple Breaks Records with iPhone 6 Pre-orders

Customers pre-ordered more than four million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets in just the first 24 hours, according to Apple, around double the number the company saw for the iPhone 5s and 5c a year ago. Apple is on track to top 10 million units sold over the entire launch weekend, if the tech giant can keep up with the level of demand.

The smartphones first became available for pre-order at midnight Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, despite a somewhat embarrassing hiccup that caused AppleEUs online store to crash for a few hours. The roadblock did not appear to have any effect on sales, however, as the company now faces supply problems in getting its products into consumers hands.

See You in October

The original delivery date for the new iPhones was Friday, September 19. The iPhone 6 Plus, which comes with the larger 5.5-inch display, almost immediately became unavailable for delivery by that date as demand exhausted supply. Both the iPhone 6 Plus and the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available for purchase in Apple retail stores starting Friday.

The company is expected to sell 37.4 million units in the fourth quarter, and 60 million units in the first quarter of 2015, according to analysts at Janney Capital Markets. The massive number of orders means some customers may not receive their phones until October.

Pre-orders made Monday won't be delivered for three to four weeks, according to the companyEUs online store. Carriers such as AT&T and Verizon are also having trouble keeping up with demand for the new models, and may have trouble shipping the new units before October.

That likely will not be soon enough for fanatics, who are already lining up outside AppleEUs retail store in Manhattan in the hopes of taking home the phones...

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