iPhone 6 pre-orders: Apple site goes down, waiting times soar

iPhone 6 pre-orders: Apple site goes down, waiting times soarApple has officially started taking pre-orders for its latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

In an entirely predictable case of déjà vu, the Apple site experienced problems as (presumably) hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of ravenous consumers melted the internet, while iPhone 6 delivery times are unsurprisingly creeping up already.

Many consumers eager to grab a slice of iPhone 6 beaver found the Apple site unresponsive for several agonising (ahem) hours, and while CNET appears to be shocked to its very core, it’s par for the course, love.

Shara Tibken suggests Apple has “angered” its customers, and describes the situation as an “embarrassment”. Could this be the end of Apple? I think it just might.

Over on the Apple site (which is now fully accessible, THANK THE LORD), waiting times for various models are already hitting 3-4 weeks.

At the time of writing, UK buyers are looking at a 7 to 10-day wait for the 4.7in iPhone 6, that’s regardless of colour (silver, gold, space grey) or storage (16GB, 64GB, 128GB).

In years gone by, some orders falling under “7-10 business days” have been fulfilled on launch day, so don’t go jumping off that window ledge just yet.

Meanwhile, it’s 3-4 weeks for the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus – again that’s regardless of storage or colour. Cue: speculation about just how many units of the iPhone 6 Plus were available in the first place; almost certainly less than the plain old iPhone 6.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to rob a bank to fund my 128GB iPhone 6 Plus at £789.

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krogothnx  Sep. 12, 2014 at 12:33

It costs £51 a month on EE

who the **** honestly thinks that's a good price? Other networks aren't much better from what i've seen...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2014 at 13:49

I wouldn't spend that kind of money for an untested device with an OS that, so far, only exists as a 'beta'.
But hey...

The delays were to be expected. Same thing every year.
In the light of the pricing, I wonder what Blackberry will demand for the "Passport".

Muppet10  Sep. 12, 2014 at 13:52

Those who know no better and are desperate for the badge.

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 12, 2014 at 13:58

It costs £51 a month on EE

who the **** honestly thinks that's a good price? Other networks aren't much better from what i've seen...


Is that free or is there an upfront cost as well? One of the reasons why I don't go contract anymore is the extortionate monthly cost and the fact that you're tied in for two years.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2014 at 14:25

Those who know no better and are desperate for the badge.
Yawn... you almost reinvented trolling. But nah... lame rehash of a trillion robot lovers' posts ...

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 12, 2014 at 14:27

Those who know no better and are desperate for the badge.

I don't know anyone who buys an Apple product just for the badge. Plus that lines getting a bit old now.

mightyforest  Sep. 12, 2014 at 22:36

All those buyers just pre ordering to make money, expect ebay to get flooded

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 12, 2014 at 22:38

The cheapest I can find it, without paying anything upfront, seems to be on Tesco Mobile at £41 for the 16GB 6+ and £45 for the 64GB 6+ (according to The Telegraph's comparison table).

You also get 3000 mins, 5000 texts and 3GB of data, which is normally £20 per month for the same allowance on a 12 month SIM only contract. If you minus the cost of the phone from the 24 payments of either £41 or £45, the remaining monthly cost for both is between £15 and some pence.

That is better value than £620/£700 plus two £20 per month 12 month contracts, as you're unlikely to get the 2nd year of contract for £10 (to average ~£15 like the 24 month contract does) even with a retention deal. More likely you'd get it down to around £15 per month for the second year and end up averaging about £17.50 per month over the two years.

The phone itself is a rip off, but the above shows that at least some of the available contracts do work out as being better value than buying the phone and the equivalent SIM Only plan. Not to mention the fact you don't have to part with between £600 and £700 in one go, which is likely to be a big deal for some people.

krogothnx  Sep. 12, 2014 at 22:44

Matt, isnt that comparison of just the 6 though? (Not 6+)

krogothnx  Sep. 12, 2014 at 22:44

@TJ - I believe it was with £30 upfront too.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 12, 2014 at 22:54

Matt, isnt that comparison of just the 6 though? (Not 6+)
Ohhh b*llocks, it was.

I'm really glad I worked all that out...

krogothnx  Sep. 12, 2014 at 22:58

Yeah had to go see myself cause 41 a month for a 6+ would be a bargain given the prices everywhere else!

rdbradshaw  Sep. 15, 2014 at 08:53

At the start of the pre order Safari wasn't letting me in . But tried the google web app and straight through to payment etc and got a waiting time of 2-7 working days .

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2014 at 10:42

Google to the rescue :D

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