Those looking to secure a new iPhone 6 in a retail store are waiting in line this morning, the more fanatical have been queued up for weeks to get their hands on a new iPhone.
Apple’s new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus went on sale today, as most carrier brick-and-mortar stores opened early for the occasion.
I was in line at a local AT&T shop at 5:30 a.m. and ended up about 15 people back from the head of the line. By 7:00 a.m. I was wishing I’d slept in, as there were only about 5 people behind me, and the store manager said they had plenty of phones for everyone in line.
The guy in front of me who arrived at 5:00 a.m. was moving from a Galaxy S5 to the iPhone 6 Plus, but he was disappointed to find they only had a 16 GB version in stock. The gentleman at the head of the line, who had stayed overnight, got the only iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB model in stock.
It sounds like a lack of supply is going to be the story for those looking to upgrade to the 5.5-inch model that didn’t pre-order the device. Already the unlocked iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB version is selling for $1050 on eBay.
I ended up getting the iPhone 6 with 64 GB of memory that I had in mind. The whole process took about 15 minutes once I was inside the store.
I had time to hold both phones, and while tempting, the iPhone 6 Plus is probably not going to appeal to as wide an audience as the iPhone 6. An informal survey of most of the people that I was standing in line with indicated that they would be opting for the smaller model.
Jenny Ferris was waiting in line to get an iPhone 6 for herself. She was happy with the larger size of the iPhone 6, as she’d already put an iPhone 5 through the wash by accident.
“That larger iPhone Plus might be nice for a while, but I think once the novelty wore off, I’d be sorry,” Ferris said. “It’s just too big.”
Ferris said she looked at pre-ordering a device but that she’d waited too long and it wouldn’t ship for 6 to 8 weeks.
Apple has pushed out delivery times for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders from a matter of weeks to some iPhone 6 Plus orders not shipping until October.
Apple said it hit record pre-orders with its new phones, which topped four million in the first 24 hours they were available.
Shares of Apple were up slightly in early morning trading to $101.83.