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Sep 12, 2014

Apple Sets New Record of Sales for iPhone 6 Models

Samsung's worst nightmare is happening. It appears Apple was right when they bet on a bigger iPhone and most Android users are now switching to the best phone around.

When the Apple Store was supposed to open last night, many users around the world saw delays, errors and downtimes. Some people saw that as an Apple weakness and another fail after the Keynote live stream downtimes. However, this time the problem was not with the servers, but with huge demand.

iPhone 6 Plus, the most wanted device

And the situation was no different on carriers websites or third party vendors. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were a hit. So much so, that Apple admitted the larger model is actually sold out. Mark Siegel, the AT&T spokesman told Re/Code that the demand is higher than iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Also, Verizon was delaying the shipping for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus to October because there were no phones left to sell. Apple themselves was showing shipping times of up to four weeks on the same model. The confirmation came from Apple at 9:25am PT. After over nine hours of pre-orders, an Apple representative said "the overnights sales of the new iPhones set a record." They did not say how many were sold and that is usually because Apple only confirms numbers after the first weekend when all the figures come out from various stores and carriers around the world.

To put things into perspective

Last year Apple sold 9 million iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the first weekend (3 days). As a comparison, the latest Samsung Galaxy phone sold about 3 million in the first 3 days after launch. Another Android phone, the HTC One M8 sold about half a million in the first two months. Apple's number will most probably be published in a few days. The company posts number of actual sold iPhones, not "shipped to stores" device like Samsung does. Analysts expected that Apple will sell about 70 million iPhones next year. It remains to be seen f that number will be confirmed by the market.

On another note, Apple's stock is on the rise. They were up 0.23 percent yesterday and the price went up from 99 to 101.66 dollars in the past few days after the iPhone and Apple watch announcement. Apple said they will bring the iPhone to over 115 countries till the end of the year. The second wave may come as soon as beginning of October, 2014.

iPhone 6 models
Image credits to Apple


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