Apple has announced that it has sold a record 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets during the first 24 hours. The company also announced that the new handsets will launch in additional countries before the end of the month.
Cupertino began accepting preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, Sept. 12 at 12:01 a.m. PDT. Within the first few hours, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus model was sold out.
Despite this, Apple plans on offering “additional supply” of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at Apple retail stores when both models become available to walk-in customers on Friday Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. local time. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply and while a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October.
The new handsets launch on Friday in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
They launch in more than 20 additional countries beginning on Friday, Sept. 26 including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.
The iPhone 6 is available for $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB), and $399 (128GB). The iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB), and $499 (128GB). Prices quoted require the signing of a two-year contract. Prices may differ in other countries.