Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus early Saturday, and the Apple faithful were quick to reserve their new precious. Initial demand for the larger 6s Plus was particularly strong.
"Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and pre-orders this weekend were very strong around the world," according to an Apple statement released Monday, Sept. 14. "We are on pace to beat last year's 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25."
The 2014 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were the first handsets from Apple to boast screens larger than 4-inches. This year's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus carry over their screen sizes and resolutions, but make significant improvements under the hood. For example, they add 3D Touch to the display, which recognizes subtle differences in pressure on the display for calling up secondary actions and menus. The camera resolution jumps to 12 megapixels and can capture 4K video, and the processor, LTE radio, and RAM have all been improved.
"As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period," continued Apple. "We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday."
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iPhone seekers on the East Coast looking to order a new iPhone early Saturday morning (~7 a.m.) were greeted with shipping times in the range of three to four weeks. The number of devices available for shipping and/or delivery on Sept. 25 sold through almost immediately. Orders placed Monday, Sept. 14, are still showing shipping times a month out. The gold and rose gold colors were most popular with online shoppers.
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Alternately, Apple is allowing consumers to reserve the iPhone for in-store pick-up on Sept. 25. Many stores sold through their launch-day inventory of the iPhone 6s Plus, but have stock of the smaller iPhone 6s still available. This means consumers hoping to score the larger iPhone on Day One are out of luck.
What's unclear is how much stock will be made available to walk-ins who simply show up to Apple Stores on Sept. 25 seeking a new smartphone. On launch day, Apple typically first sells iPhones to those who place reservations. Once all the reserved handsets are accounted for, Apple begins allowing walk-ins to buy one. Walk-ins often leave empty-handed.
Apple Stores won't be the only place to score a new iPhone on Sept. 25. Apple's carrier partners -- AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless -- will also be selling the iPhone 6s and the Plus on launch day. In fact, any carrier stores will open the same time Apple's own stores open, at 8 a.m. local time.
The iPhone 6s costs $649, $749, and $849 for the 16, 64, and 128GB variants, respectively, while the iPhone 6s Plus costs $749, $849, and $949.