The set date for the launch of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, September 19, is here with us. And as expected, many people made long queues to be the first ones to own the new large screen smartphones.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had earlier announced that it had broken its previous iPhones pre-order sales after the company registered more than 4 million pre-orders. This was a harbinger of things to come when the two products are finally launched in stores.
The aggressive marketing and market’s high expectations have made for the huge demand as the devices went on sale in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and a number of other countries. There were long lines formed by fans in readiness to set their hands on the premium smartphones. Canada, Puerto Rico, and U.S. witnessed long lines, some of which formed as early as two days ago.
The long lines have forced the stores to use reservation pass system as a way to keep track of shoppers’ positions in the queues.
In Hong Kong, there was a bit of commotion as a group of protestors came holding placards written
“iSlave 6. Still made in sweatshops” and “Throw Away the Bad Apple.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) revealed earlier that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would not be immediately available in China, something that saw some iPhone fans travel from mainland China to Hong Kong to purchase the new iPhones.
Many people who made pre-orders will also be receiving their devices as the delivery process rolls out today. However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had already made a statement that some of the deliveries could delay because of the overwhelming number of pre-orders.
The Asian market is known for its love for large screen smartphones, a factor that is expected to increase the sale of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the area.
What many people are asking is whether Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will have enough supply for the evidently high demand, especially for the weekend.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.