It seems that Apple fever has gripped the world again, as consumers to struggle to get their hands on the new iPhone 6 Plus. The smartphone was rolled out on Friday, and is already in short supply.
According to PC World, it will take between several weeks to two months until more iPhone 6 Plus are available. The shortage is affecting most U.S. carriers and the Apple store itself.
As reported in The Inquisitr, worldwide shortages of the iPhone 6 Plus were anticipated when Apple announced the phablet.
According to Bloomberg, the phones are set to make Apple millions of dollars.
“Carl Howe, an analyst at 451 Research LLC, said Apple may sell 12 million to 15 million new devices this weekend. Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., [said] that he’s projecting sales of 7 million to 8 million, which would fall short of last year’s first weekend sales of 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and 5c.”
Bloomberg also reports that Apple stores from Manhattan to Oregon sold out of the iPhone 6 Plus, with many customers being turned away empty-handed.
In places like Hong Kong, demand is pushing up prices for the phone. According to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, the iPhone 6 Plus was selling on the grey market for upwards of $1,000. Demand is high in Hong Kong, in part because the iPhone 6 Plus is not yet available in mainland China.
A smartphone store owner in the Mongkok neighborhood of Hong Kong told the Wall Street Journal, “5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is more popular than the 4.7-inch model because Asian customers love using large-screen phones to watch video and play games.”
Tech blog Mashable made a similar statement.
If your iPhone is your primary device — you don’t have an iPad Air or iPad mini and don’t lug your laptop around everywhere — the iPhone 6 Plus immediately becomes more appealing. That’s because its bigger size really does lend it to being in a sweet-spot between a phone and a tablet. There’s a lot to say about individuals who don’t want to carry around more than one device and like to just have the iPhone as their primary personal computer. For those users, the iPhone 6 Plus might be perfect.
Testing out their theories about the iPhone 6 Plus, Mashable asked New Yorkers which phone would better suit them.
Which of Apple’s new phones — the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — would better suit you?
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