iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Times Improve Slightly, Now 7 to 10 Days for 16GB Model

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Apple Store shipping estimates for the iPhone 6 Plus have improved slightly, with the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers now carrying a shipping estimate of 7 to 10 days in the United States. Shipping estimates for the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in all colors and from all carriers have also seen improvement, going from 3 to 4 weeks to 2 to 3 weeks.

While shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 Plus have improved, shipping estimates for the harder-to-find 128GB iPhone 6 Plus remain at 3 to 4 weeks, suggesting the higher-capacity model is the most constrained.

Apple is also seeing improved supply of the iPhone 6, and the 16GB device now has a shipping estimate of 5 to 7 days, down from 7 to 10 days. Higher-capacity 64 and 128GB iPhone 6 models continue to ship in 7 to 10 days.

Many other countries in Europe and Asia are also seeing the same improved shipping estimates from the online Apple Store, as are Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

In store supply of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus also appears to be improving somewhat, as many stores across the country list availability of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 16 and 64GB configurations. Apple Stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments on a regular basis, but stock can go quickly because many retail locations are still seeing lines more than two months after the phones first went on sale. Tracking tool iStockNow can be used to find where iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices are available.

During Apple's fourth quarter earnings call on October 20, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was "far outstripping" supply, and that the company was "not close" to having a balance between supply and demand at that time. Apple has, however, been working hard to improve iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supply, reportedly delaying mass production of the rumored iPad Pro in order to focus its resources on higher iPhone 6 Plus output.

Early analysis has suggested that consumers in the U.S. are favoring the iPhone 6 over the 6 Plus by 3:1, but as supply of both models remains constrained, it is impossible to determine the true ratio of iPhone 6 demand vs. iPhone 6 Plus demand at this time.

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67 months ago
Please, average consumer, spend the extra $100 for 64gb.
Rating: 23 Votes
67 months ago

The least storage should be 32 GB. Anything less hurts.
Rating: 7 Votes
67 months ago
Who wants the 16 GB version though? Most people want the 64 GB or 128 GB versions... IMO the 16 GB version is a waste of money given the 64 GB version is just $100 more.
Rating: 7 Votes
67 months ago
16gb is a disgusting joke, I feel sorry for anyone who buys one.
Rating: 6 Votes
67 months ago
I thought no one wanted the 6+ compared to the 6? :P
Rating: 6 Votes
67 months ago
I have a 6 and 6+ I prefer the 6+ :)
Rating: 6 Votes
67 months ago
By the time this gets to next day shipping, the iPhone 6S will be announced.
Rating: 4 Votes
67 months ago
Waiting twice

I ordered my 6 Plus 128 GB the week after they went on sale, from AT&T. Charged my CC and everything. Said "Delivery sometime in November.

Day before Halloween, got iMessage from AT&T: "Dear sir,we tried to charge your card but there was a problem. Please call us within one week or your order will be canceled."

Called them immediately. Problem was that (1) they didn't actually charge my card at the time of order but only "reserved funds" which of course expires after a week, (2) they only charge for the device at shipping, and (3) my CC had expired in the six weeks since the order.

No problem, right? "Here's the new expiration date!"

"I'm sorry sir, but the order was canceled when the card didn't go through. You must reorder..."


So the message that "your order is on hold" wasn't true at all...at least not for the iPhone 6 Plus. After all, why wait for you to call them back when there's a waiting list!

So I reordered. I will get it "sometime before the end of the year."

Rating: 4 Votes
67 months ago

...Premier failed to put the iPhone 6 in the online store for my account and I wasn't able to actually complete the transaction until 10/22. When I discovered the ship date of 12/2-12/11, I complained to high heaven to the "support" team and you wouldn't believe what they tried to offer me... A FREE iPHONE 6 PLUS CASE. :mad:

Awesome. How could you keep from swooning?

I would have swooned. :rolleyes:


Apple is trying not to hurt their margin. In which I would've preferred Apple hike the price by $50 and offer only 64GB and 128GB models (iPhone 6 64GB $250/$700, iPhone 6 Plus 64GB $350/$800, iPhone 6 128GB $350/$800, iPhone 6 Plus 128GB $450/$900). Some people will complain, but better that than making products that are hard to do trivial things like doing full version upgrade of iOS.

Anyway, Apple is obviously great at making lots of money so I am not trying to pretend to be Tim Cook.

I know we're supposed to gripe about everything and scream about how the corporate world isn't fair, and how can they do that they oughta be murdered in their beds, etc...

But honestly, I cannot imagine dealing with the modern supply-chain, where you've got to get high-quality machined parts with unbelievable fabrication tolerances out of third-world countries, mate them with other third-world parts, assemble everything, package and deliver the whole caboodle to ravenous, demanding and quite excitable customers all over the world, dealing with dozens of languages, taxing authorities, customs authorities, retail customers and business partners all along the way.

Not just Apple, but ALL these companies amaze me with what they do year in and year out...and that's not to mention R&D for NEW products so you can stay the "hot thing."

We customers are unbelievably demanding, hard to satisfy, and brand loyalty is almost unheard of.

Not to mention you've got friends and enemies scrapping with each other in what amounts to religious wars for their favorite tech.

Weird and wonderful.
Rating: 3 Votes
67 months ago
No one wants this. Not at that capacity.
Rating: 3 Votes

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