Apple sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first weekend, the company has announced this morning, setting a new sales record and seemingly only held back by virtue of not having enough stock to meet demand. It’s a million more devices than the 2013 launch of the iPhone 5s saw, with Apple CEO Tim Cook pointing out that “we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply.”
Demand for the iPhone 6 Plus was particularly high, with initial pre-orders of the 5.5-inch iOS 8 smartphone quickly pushing estimated ship times into October. Demand for the smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone 6 took a little longer to outstrip supply, though it’s still listed as only shipping in 7-10 days if ordered today.
The impressive sales numbers had already been telegraphed with Apple’s first-day results, the company announcing it had sold a record four million of the smartphones in the first 24 hours of availability.
The two new handsets arguably bring with them the biggest changes in the iOS smartphone ecosystem, significantly increasing display size as well as introducing a new play for the mobile payments market with Apple Pay.
That won’t be enabled until October, however, using NFC to link a digital wallet with retailers across the US.
If you’re still undecided on whether the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is for you, or if you just need an iOS-themed distraction while you wait for your order to arrive, check out our full iPhone 6 review