iPhone 6 pre-orders topped record 4 million in first 24 hours

LOS ANGELES - Unprecedented demand for Apple's larger-screen iPhone 6 andiPhone Plus drove more than 4 million orders for the new smartphones in the first 24 hours -- a record that depleted its inventory, the tech giant said Monday.

But many customers will have to wait a month or so for their new iPhones to arrive. While a "significant amount" will be delivered to customers beginning Friday, Sept. 19, and through the end of the month, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October, Apple said.

The iPhone 6 smartphones, unveiled last week, went on sale at and through carrier partners at 3 a.m. Eastern Friday. Despite reports of order glitches, Apple said initial sales were the best ever for its iconic phones. Apple's previous self-reported record was more than 2 million pre-orders for the iPhone 5 in September 2012.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, with glass that covers the entire surface and curves around the edges of the thinner devices. Thesmartphones also feature a 64-bit A8 chip, which Apple claimed makes graphics performance 84 times faster than the original iPhone.

The new models "are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.


According to Apple, it will have additional supplies of the iPhone 6 units available to walk-in customers at Apple retail stores in the U.S. on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 a.m. local time. Both models also will be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and resellers.

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