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By Stan Schroeder2014-09-12 08:34:25 UTC

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. ET: An Apple spokesperson told Re/code that the new iPhones had brought in “a record number of preorders overnight.”

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m. ET: The iPhone 6 Plus model is now sold out in the U.S. and isn’t expected to ship for up to four weeks. However, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 version is still available for delivery on Friday, Sept. 19.

UPDATE, 6:07 a.m. ET: The U.S. Apple Store is online, and all of the models are available for pre-order. The delivery date for all iPhone 6 variants and colors is Sept. 19. As for the iPhone 6 Plus, you can currently get all variants (16/64/128GB) in Silver and Space Gray in “7-10 business days.” The Gold version of all three variants seems to be in higher demand, with availability being “3-4 weeks.”

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch has been quite rocky since the pre-orders for the two devices went up at 3 a.m. ET.

The Apple Store was unavailable for certain periods of time (for us, at least two hours), and those who have been able to access it have had problems actually going through with their order. Some also found that the 64GB and the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus models were unavailable.

But store being down a full 90 minutes *after* it had been pulled offline for three hours? *And* after the Event Video debacle? Wow, Apple.

— Shawn King (@ShawnKing) September 12, 2014

Hmmmm… Apparently the iPhone 6 Plus 128GB model is sold out. Epic…

— iCu iD (@iCrackUriDevice) September 12, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus sold out in all sizes and colors already? It was showing 64GB Gray available when I first clicked, but gone before I hit order

— Jason Cornick (@jcornick) September 12, 2014

Odd. If you hit refresh enough times when the Apple Store website is down you get this easter egg.

— Jonathan Paull (@zamn) September 12, 2014

The new iPhones are also available on carrier websites. Verizon quotes Sept. 19 as delivery date for all iPhone 6 variants. Again, the iPhone 6 Plus seems to be in higher demand: the 64GB version should arrive at your door by Oct. 7, while the 16GB and the 128GB variants have an Oct. 14 delivery time.

AT&T lists Sept. 19 as delivery date for the iPhone 6; for all three variants of the iPhone 6 Plus, the shipping time is 14-21 business days.

Worldwide, the situation seems to be similar, with users in France and the UK reporting that the iPhone 6 Plus is already sold out.

At the biggest French operator all models of iPhone 6 Plus are sold out, iPhone 6 still available.

— forgottentowel* (@forgottentowel) September 12, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus… Very popular (Sold Out)
iPhone 6… Not so much

— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarraUK) September 12, 2014

Apple fans in Australia struggled to pre-order their iPhones as the sites for carriers went down on Friday afternoon.

Virgin, Optus and Telstra all released their pricing details and pre-order information on their websites at 5 p.m. local time.

Virgin Mobile and Optus offered pre-orders for iPhone 6, with the iPhone 6 Plus coming soon. Telstra and the Apple store offered access to both new models.

Sad face @Telstra iPhone 6+ pre orders stopped so quickly can’t have sold out that fast ?

— Saba Care (@macme77) September 12, 2014

All three of the telco’s websites could not handle the extra attention and crashed not long after going live. Optus announced at 7 p.m. local time the site was again accepting pre-orders.

The Australian Apple store says the iPhone 6 Plus in all colors will not be delivered for 3-4 weeks, while the iPhone 6 is still available on Sept. 19.

All iPhone 6 Plus models have hit 3-4 weeks on Apple Store.

— Seamus Byrne (@seamus) September 12, 2014

If these early reports are indication, either Apple has more iPhone 6 than iPhone 6 Plus devices to sell, or the demand for the larger iPhone is much bigger.


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