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Apple this morning confirmed in a statement issued to CNBC that its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are “on pace” to beat the ten million pre-order record established during last year’s first-weekend sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The number flies in the face of many clueless analysts who said Apple wouldn’t be able to hit that number this time around because the iPhone has peaked.

Interestingly enough, Apple touted “exceptionally strong” pre-orders for the larger-screened and more expensive 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, with the initial stock sold out globally.

The company did not announce opening weekend iPhone 6s sales at the time of this writing but we’re expecting them to announce the new record via a press release shortly.

By comparison, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, hitting the ten million figure in the first three days of availability.

“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world,” the company said in a statement.

“We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.”

Regarding the unexpectedly strong demand for the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, Apple said:

“As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period.”

Indeed, the wait time the iPhone 6s Plus in all launch countries, China and the United States included, is now three to four weeks for all screen sizes, storage tiers and carriers,  according to iPhone Inventory blog which tracks estimated wait times displayed on the Apple Online Store.

“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.”

It should be mentioned that unlike last year, China and New Zealand are now included in the first wave of countries to get the new iPhones. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are available in twelve countries at launch versus 9 countries for their predecessors: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Pre-orders for the new phones began early Saturday morning through the Apple Online Store and its carrier partners.

Company shares rose in pre-market trading following the announcement.

Source: CNBC

  • Hi

    In Your face Samsung!

  • Yujin

    Even though their website didn’t work but good thing the Apple Store app was up and running on time.

  • sNick

    iPhone Success. Enough said.

    • Chinch07

      What’s funny is. The way I read “success” sounds like “sucks ass”. Lol. Never the less. Success!

      • William Melendez

        Or when I read 6s sounded like “success” now you say it out loud.

      • Jayy

        haha cool

  • Chindavon

    The “..but..but..it’s just a long press” people are not going to like this.

    • Henry_3_Dogg

      No, it’s not a long press. No delay is required.
      Furthermore a short press / long press interface offers only two results, like 3D Touch offers 256 levels of touch.

  • Chinch07

    Awesome, but it’s being sold in more countries… that’s why.

    • Chindavon

      Tom Brady thinks that’s cheating.

      • Chinch07

        Haha, and he would know!

  • Shingo

    i just bought 100 of them for my employees

    • InfinitePlusOne

      Buy me one too

      • Jayy

        Me too….

  • Jake Platt

    I’m not surprised pre order sales are on track to surpass the iPhone 6. With China in the first wave of pre orders this year, that’s 1.4 billion more potential customers that didn’t have access to the first wave of iPhones last year.

    • LQ Pang

      Exactly, and Chinese like large phones.

  • Kyle McNulty – Mclovin341

    They’re coping with the demand very well seen as you can still pre order pretty much of all the variants of the new devices and still receive it on the 25th

  • ravinigga

    I think why they say long press because they dont have it?
    It force press harder is not same as hold longer

    • Chindavon

      Fandroids aren’t capable of telling the difference.

    • askep3

      I know, they are just plain uneducated.

  • Henry_3_Dogg

    “The company did not announce opening weekend iPhone 6s sales at the time of this writing but we’re expecting them to announce the new record via a press release shortly.”

    Apple have never announced opening weekend or preorders numbers. The announce opening weekend of actual sales / shipments.

  • Kaptivator

    ok…so i couldn’t pre-order this year. So what now? I wanted to do the iPhone Upgrade with Apple and the phone that I want is not available at any stores in the city to reserve…This is my first time missing a pre-order..so what now? why cant apple just give a date to come in after the 25? or will things open up on the 25th and there after?

  • Al Fresco

    So if they sell 10,000,000 phones in pre-order, thats a $5,000,000,000 liquid injection for Apple. Stacks on stacks on stacks.

  • Lakers Fan

    Has anyone managed to keep their unlimited plan on Verizon while paying the 2 year upgrade price for either of the new 6s phones?