LOS ANGELES (dpa) – Pre-orders for the new bigger and slimmer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have exceeded 4 million in the first 24 hours, the Cupertino, California-based company announced Monday.
Delivery to customers will start Friday, but the record number of orders “exceeded the pre-order supply,” so many customers will have to wait until October to receive their new phones, the statement said.
“We can’t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said.
The latest phones are scheduled to hit store shelves on September 19 in the US and nine other markets including France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Britain.
In more than 20 additional counties, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, the phone will be available on September 26. In 2012, pre-orders of the iPhone 5 exceeded 2 million in the first 24 hours.