Apple announced a record 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders made in the first 24 hours in these 10 countries – US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. That is almost 2,778 iPhones being ordered per minute.
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday.”
So how does this launch day performance compared with the other previous iPhones and some other wannabes …
Launch performance for iPhones and iPads and some Galaxy smartphones. pic.twitter.com/QjVCevnbHC
— Horace Dediu (@asymco) September 15, 2014
In Singapore, the Apple Online Store only started taking orders slightly past three thirty in the afternoon, almost 30 minutes later than it was supposed to. Even when the page loaded, many had encountered trouble adding their selection into the shopping cart. For those who had successfully added the cart and checkout, the earliest shipping period was from 22 September to 29 September. Within an hour, the shipping time for all models slipped to early October. By evening, all the models were not available for pre-ordering. Guess there is still a lot of demand for a phone that was labelled as being two years late to the market.
For those who want to be tied-down for two years and are ordering thru the telcos, HardwareZone did a quick comparison between the prices of the iPhone 6/6 Plus and their respective plans, providing the minimum cost you’ll pay over two years for the phone and the monthly subscriptions.
Between the three telcos, M1 offers the best deal over two years contract although the upfront payment for the phone is higher. However as the differences between the three telcos are marginal, other factors like quality of network coverage, amount of free 4G data bundled and other VAS offered should be taken into consideration before you tie yourself down for two long years.
At this point of time, M1 and Starhub have stopped their pre-order sessions – the former due to a security breach of their online pre-order site while the latter due to overwhelming responds. There will be limited stocks at selected Starhub shops for walk-in customers from 20 September.
As for SingTel, they have a launch event over three days on September 19 where you can get your iPhone. Appointment bookings to attend this event will be offered to those who had registered their interests and will booking will begin on 17 Sept, 3pm.
Seems like there’ll be another mad rush to get the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the coming days. Have you ordered one yet?