Apparently quite a few of you were impressed by 3D Touch and the other new features and updates within the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to a report from CNBC, Cupertino is on track to beat last year’s record of 10 million iPhones preordered in the first weekend. In a statement to CNBC, Cupertino said:
Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world. We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.
I can’t say that I’m surprised. The iPhone 6s might have almost the same form factor as its predecessor, but this new handset looks, sounds and feels like a completely new product. Apple did say, after all, that “The only thing that’s changed is everything,” and that hardly seems like an overstatement. The processor is new, the Touch ID sensor is updated, and the camera is more powerful and supports Live Photos and 4K video recording. Apple has even added a Retina Flash option to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for lighting up your selfies.
Cupertino said that the “online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period.” The result of that strong demand has meant ship times for the iPhone 6s Plus running to three to four weeks, but Apple stated that they will have the handset available at Apple retail stores when they open on Sept. 25. We’ll just have to wait and see how many they have, and how quickly those devices sell out.