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Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones have just gone on sale in New Zealand (it’s September 26 there) across company-owned online and retail stores, carrier locations and authorized retailers in the 4.5 million people country.

The iPhone release in New Zealand is part of a wider roll-out Friday that will expand the handset’s availability to more than twenty new countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

Apple has promised to make the new phones available in about 115 countries by the end of the year.

The iPhone maker isn’t saying when customers in China, one of its fastest-growing markets, can expect to buy the new handsets as it continues to work with government agencies on obtaining a regulatory approval to sell the handsets.

For what it’s worth, Samsung has now moved its planned release of the Galaxy Note 4 phablet in China and South Korea to September 26 after witnessing how popular Apple’s new handset is, Korea Times reported.

“The positive reaction from consumers to those two Apple devices prompted us to launch the Note 4 earlier than previously scheduled,” said an official at Samsung’s marketing unit.

“Samsung will be aggressive in promoting the Note 4 as it’s true that we are being challenged and pressured amid a difficult situation,” Samsung PR said in an honest statement to Korea Times.

The Note 4 is expected to ship in 140 countries by the end of October.

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Samsung aims to ship fifteen million Note 4 units in the first 30 days after the product launches.

Apple said it took four-million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the first 24 hours, with sales topping ten million units during the opening weekend, setting a new record for the Cupertino company.

Following a week-long period of pre-orders, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus released in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom this past Friday, September 19.

In spite of what could only be described as a bad week for Apple, analysts don’t think that combined bad publicity fueled by Apple’s U2 “gift”, supposed iPhone 6 bending and botched iOS 8.0.1 release will affect sales of the new phones.

High demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has Apple poised to sell more than 61 million smartphones in the December quarter alone, surpassing last year’s record 51 million sold, according to Barclays in Bloomberg today.

“It will do nothing, I don’t suspect it will dampen any demand,” said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies Inc., about concerns over so-called #Bendgate and iOS 8.0.1 problems.

Indeed, there’s pent-up demand to keep the sales going into the holiday season.

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Besides, the fact that the new iPhones address the need for a larger screen is resonating with former iPhone owners who have since switched to Samsung devices, causing a sudden surge in device trade-ins.

Gazelle, for instance, saw trade-ins of Samsung devices jumping threefold on a weekly basis immediately following Apple’s September 9 announcement.

A message to our international readers: if you’re going to be standing in line for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch in your country tomorrow, we’d appreciate if you emailed us some pictures at tips@idownloadblog.com.

  • How about releasing phones to the people who preordered first? Still waiting on a phone I preordered on day 1. This whole situation has been one giant mess!

    • Joey_Z

      Couldn’t preorder since Apple’s website was down. Went to Apple store on launch day during lunch break and found out hundreds of people standing in line. Walked to BestBuy next door, saw only 5 people in line, grabbed a 6 plus there, and walked out under 1 hour.

    • Eli Montoya

      It’s messed up.. Yet people still buy them.

  • Jason Baroni

    Brazil is always on the last call. It sucks to be the last market to receive it paying the highest price for an iPhone in the world. Times like these you review the concept and the importance of a brand.

    • leart

      I’m with you, here in Europe the price is always the double of the usa price

      I always get my iphone one year after its launch when the price drops a little

      • Jason Baroni

        Really? Where are you from? I thought you guys received the devices earlier

      • leart

        albania, europe, here we dont even have a official apple store 🙂

      • Jason Baroni

        Oh, I know that feeling. The lack of warranty is a big issue in my country. Apple doesn’t exchange iPhones bought outta the country (this sucks, because the high prices make us buy them here). I didn’t get it, you had 10 iPhones for 2 years because the need of replacement? If so, I understand you. That’s what warranty exists for. I mean, even you having 9 replaced you are still in your right.

      • leart

        Sorry buddy sometime is hard for me to articulate well in english, is my third language and I’m not that good to write 😛
        I started with a used ip4 white in 2012 after i changed my mind and i payed some extra money to have a black one, after payed some extra again to have a 4s 😛
        After a ip5 but didn’t liked that much the design of 5 so i sold my ip5 and bought again a new in box 4s in 5.1.1 when the latest firmware was ios 6 so i had the latest version jailbreakable, when i had to restore that device in 2013 i was stuck to 6.1.3 without jb, so I sold that and bought a new in box 4s again with 6.0.1 on it 😛
        In between i had even a 3gs, I currently own ipod 4 and a first gen ipad…
        By the way iphone was in market in my city not in apple store obviously we don’t have here, and the price for iphone 6 16gb was 1100 euro around 1600-1700 dollars 😉

      • Jason Baroni

        It will be the same official price here, believe me

    • Jose Antonio Gomez

      Here in México is the same.. I bet the iPhone 6 will cost:
      iPhone 6 16gb – $11,500.00 MXN = $885.00 USD
      iPhone 6 16gb – $13,000.00 MXN = $1,000.00 USD
      And is going to arrive in November or December.

      • Jose Antonio Gomez

        The second is the iPhone 6 Plus!

      • Jason Baroni

        In Brazil, the launch pricing for the 16GB 5s was US$1350. I am talking about the most basic model. We are afraid of the Plus pricing here if the 6 starts from the same price as the 5s.

    • Victor

      Not to mention the sheer size of our market.

  • leart

    Isle of Man, where is that 😛

    • TJ

      In between the UK and Ireland.

      • leart

        I had a idea where it was thnx to some documentary i have seen in the past , but it was kind of strange to read it here that it is listed as a country 😛

      • Jason Baroni

        I miss your tech vlog hahaha

  • Ricky

    Not to brag but on launch date I went to Best Buy stood in a line of nine people in front of me and I was outta of there by nine am with my new iPhne 6 Plus space gray 128GB. Hope everyone gets there’s before October.

  • Jamal

    poor pakistan 🙁 iphone6 16gb price in pakistan is 110000 (1100 $)

  • ekko

    Pre-ordered on day one in Germany & have to wait til 16th of October…

  • abdullah575

    Yes Saudi arabia !!!

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    Just checked a few things and Apple put through the charge to my account yesterday morning, and today I can no longer modify my order and the status charged to “preparing for shipment”. I ordered the iPhone 6 Plus 128GB AT&T in space gray at 10am on the first day for preordering. My shipment date still says October 13-20, but hopefully this status change means I’ll be getting my new device a bit sooner than that.

    • Rowan09

      It takes about a week to deliver

      • Benjamin J Schwartz

        Two weeks early: sounds great to me.

      • Rowan09

        Yep. I got mine yesterday and it was suppose to come the 7th.

    • I purchased mine online from AT&T on Monday. At first is stated it would take 3-5 business days for the 128GB 6 but it actually shipped out the same day and with overnight delivery. Hopefully you get the same type of luck..

      • Benjamin J Schwartz

        I just got the shipment confirmation and tracking number, and according to Apple it still won’t be here for another 10 days. Apparently my iPhone 6 plus just got assembled and is waiting in Zhengzhou, China for UPS to pick up the package. No overnight for me, but at least it’s coming a week earlier than promised.

  • Shimon Avital

    I’m using my 6 plus 64gig for 3 daysssss..
    I love this phoneeeeee – amazing !!!

  • Nimat Mati

    Impressive! iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is also available in Afghanistan.

  • topcricket

    Waiting in India

  • nyangejr

    None in Africa?

  • Noah Mospan

    Restock the stores first.

  • dana mohammed

    Not intrested

  • blastingbigairs

    That’s really “bending” the rules isn’t it???

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