Apple, the Cupertino, California based tech giant, announced that a record number of pre-orders on the first day that total 4 million for the two new models combined had been received.
The company in its official statement also warned that many customers would be receiving their new iPhones late. Units available for general sales will also be limited said the Apple statement.
The company has confirmed that demand for its two new iPhone models has exceeded the initial supply for pre-orders and while a substantial amount is scheduled for delivery starting on Friday to customers, and through the rest of September, many pre-orders of iPhones have been pushed back to an October delivery date.
Apple stressed it would have more of the two models – iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus – available on September 19 for walk in customers starting at 8:00 am local time at the Apple retail stores.
However, the company said customers should arrive as early as possible or order their iPhone online from the Apple Store to pickup in a store or to receive an estimated date of delivery.
Reconfirming its carrier partnerships in the U.S., Apple said the two new iPhone models could also be purchased starting Friday from Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon Wireless as well as select resellers that are Apple Authorized.
While the shortages in stock will likely frustrate many, Tim Cook the Apple CEO was pleased at the latest response to Apple’s biggest ever iPhones to date.
Cook said that the two new generation iPhones are much better in every way and Apple is thrilled that customers love the new smartphones as much as Apple does.
The CEO added that the pre-orders for the 6 and 6 Plus set new Apple sales records, but more will be available starting on Friday in retail locations.
Besides being available for purchase in the U.S. the iPhone 6 and the bigger iPhone 6 plus are available starting September 19 in the UK, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Canada and Australia.
Another 20 countries start sales on September 26 including but not limited to New Zealand, Russia, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates amongst others.
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