The release of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones is already setting records. Apple announced Monday that the new mobile device set records with more than 10 million units sold during its launch weekend.
This feat was made more impressive by the fact that China was not included in the initial launch of both iPhone 6 models. When the iPhone 5 launched it sold 5 million units. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launches added China to the launch and initial device sales jumped to 9 million. The iPhone 6 models were put on sale in 10 countries including the United States, Canada, and the UK.
“Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release via Business Wire. “We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin. While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.”
The record breaking sales of the iPhone 6 have obviously strained Apple’s supply chain, but manufacturing issues also haven’t helped, as the Inquisitr reported. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has the greater supply issues of the two. As The Verge notes, the smartphone is “hard to find in store and long delivery delays affecting even those who pre-ordered the handset.”
I spoke with a local T-mobile store representative while picking up a new phone on Sunday and asked him about how iPhone 6 sales were going for the store. He told me that they were sold out and didn’t expect to get another shipment in for four to six weeks. Multiple people walked in during my visit asking about the iPhone 6 and were turned away. For those wondering, no I wasn’t getting an iPhone 6.
The launch of the iPhone 6 was delayed in China due to regulatory issues, per Reuters. A new release date has not been announced yet, but Apple isn’t the only Western company to suddenly find its planned release of a device halted by regulators. Microsoft was supposed to launch the Xbox One this Tuesday, September 23. Then a last-minute delay was announced likely due to government regulators and an anti-trust investigation into the company.
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