Pre-Order Delays Plague iPhone 6 Rollout

On pins and needles for your new iPhone? Prepare to wait a little longer: Apple exhausted its pre-order supply of the iPhone 6 Plus on Friday. By 9:00 a.m. EDT, the iPhone 6 Plus was listed on Apple's U.S. online store as scheduled to ship three to four weeks after ordering.

The iPhone 6 remained in stock, at least on the Apple store, with deliveries promised by Sept. 19. ThatEUs the date the new smartphones are set to go on sale in the United States and a number of other countries. But overnight, many consumers reported on Twitter that the Apple Store was unavailable not long after the 3:00 a.m product kick-off.

The iPhone 6 Plus is the new model with a 5.5-inch display, while the regular iPhone 6, the successor to the iPhone 5S, has a 4.7-inch screen.

There were also short supplies at U.S. carriers. As of midmorning Friday, AT&T showed up to a two-week delay in shipping new orders of the iPhone 6 -- and up to 45 business days for the iPhone 6 Plus, meaning some consumers could be waiting until mid-November for their new phones.

Meanwhile, other manufacturers arenEUt being bashful about jabbing at the Cupertino tech giant. Samsung released a series of ads showing two tech guys who arenEUt exactly dazzled with AppleEUs new iPhone 6, especially as it compares to the Galaxy Note 4.

Will Not Hurt Apple

This isnEUt the first time Apple has been plagued by short supplies during an important product launch. Two years ago the then-new iPhone 5 sold out in about an hour. When the iPhone 5S was released last year, Apple didnEUt offer it for pre-order.

When we reached Atlanta-based tech analyst Jeff Kagan, he said that while the shipping problems made for good chatter among Apple enthusiasts, it probably would do...

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