Would-be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners already face waits of up to a month to get their hands on Apple’s latest smartphones, after demand far outstripped supply even before the handsets hit store shelves.
Apple began taking pre-orders for the phones on Friday at just after 8 o’clock in the morning. Within minutes, the pre-order page went down under the sheer weight of visitor numbers.
It was the same story at UK carriers, who were also overwhelmed by the attentions of the iArmy.
It’s with no little degree with of predictability, then, that both iterations of the handset are already sold out at Apple, leaving buyers with no option but to pay now and sit tight until the shortages clear.
If you're keen to pick up the iPhone 6 16GB model in silver or grey directly from the gadget-maker, you’re looking at a delay of 7-10 days only. But if it’s any other iteration of the 4.7-inch phone that you’re eyeing, the putative delay is between three to four weeks.
The iPhone 6 Plus is even harder to get hold of. Apple’s site lists a delay of up to four weeks for every single colour and storage iteration of the 5.5-inch variant.
EE don’t seem to have been quite as hard hit. The delay to get an iPhone 6 is up to 14 days for some models (including some colour variants of the pricey 128GB number). But most models seem to have perfectly reasonable seven-day wait times.
Once again, though, the iPhone 6 Plus is in scant supply on EE too. Every single variant is subject to a 14-day wait.
Fancy it on O2? Hmm, alas the news isn’t great here either. Wait times for all iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 variants are two/three weeks and six/seven weeks respectively.
NB: O2’s wait times are calculated from September 19th when the phone goes on sale. So in reality, you can add another week to those projected due dates.
Perhaps mindful of not over-promising, or indeed promising anything, Vodafone pledges only that it’ll start delivery of the handsets from September 19th. There’s no word at all of how long you can expect to be tapping your toe for.
And finally, Three lists back-in-stock dates of October 3rd for most iterations of the iPhone 6, with the exception of the 128GB model which seems to be in slightly more plentiful supply.
Virgin Media isn’t offering the iPhone 6 on pre-order. So if you want it on a Virgin Media pay monthly contract, you’ll just have to take your chances and get up with the lark on September 19th to try and ensure you’re among the first in line.
Record sales for the new iPhones are thought to have been driven by pent-up demand for larger Apple smartphones, after years of Steve Jobs eschewing bigger form factors on the grounds they’re less user-friendly than smaller handsets.
Apple has attempted to get around this thorny issue by introducing a one-handed mode as one of the handsets' big sells.
This brings functions usually located at the furthest edge of the display further down, so they’re in easier reach for smaller pinkies.