A look at the wait times and availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shows the 5.5-inch 6 Plus still in limited supply and supplies of the 64-GB capacity in either model are extremely constrained.
When Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 19, it was another typical Apple success story. Lines formed around the corner at Apple stores, preorders were sold out, and consumers scrambled to find the coveted device. When the dust settled, Apple reported that it shattered records and sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units during the first weekend of sales, its biggest and fastest launch to date.
Now, more than a month after its release, while availability has improved somewhat, the phones are still in short supply on some models, especially iPhone 6 Plus and 64-GB iPhone 6 models.
The websites of the three major carriers give insight as to the current availability and wait times. Verizon is showing wait times of 3-4 weeks on the iPhone 6 16-GB and 64-GB models, while the 128-GB is readily available in two colors. iPhone 6 Plus models are all back-ordered 2-4 weeks, with the 64-GB models all having the longest wait of almost a month, with the 128-GB models available sooner.
AT&T shows a similar story, with the iPhone 6 showing similar wait times as Verizon, and all iPhone 6 Plus models with wait times of a month to 5 weeks. Over at Sprint, the 16-GB and 128-GB models show a wait time of just 2-5 days, whereas the 64-GB model has a 2-4 week delay. On the iPhone 6 Plus, the 16-GB model has just a 2-5 day delay, but the other models have up to a 4-6 week wait time, including all the 64-GB models and the 128-GB Space Gray version.
The iStockNow now retail availability tracker we told you about recently shows the 64 GB iPhone 6 in short supply in Apple retail stores across the country, as well as at Radio Shack, Best Buy, and Target, which it also tracks. The 16-GB and 128-GB versions are readily available. As far as the iPhone 6 Plus, however, while the 16-GB and 128-GB models are in very short supply but sporadically available in some regions, the 64 GB is almost impossible to find across the entire country, with no models whatsoever available for either Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile.
As the holiday season approaches, we'll be sure to keep you up to date on the availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as all the latest deals, discounts and offers on the devices you're going to be searching for.