The iPhone 6s series has been available for preorder in various countries for a couple of days, and the good news is that the handset is not completely sold out just yet. That means you can still preorder an iPhone right now from Apple and still have it delivered to your home around the official release date of September 25th.
However, there’s also some bad news: You need to buy an iPhone 6s that’s neither pink or Plus if you want to get it next week.
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The pink iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models have quickly sold out in many markets on Saturday, as the new color option – officially called rose gold – turned out to be an appealing choice for many iPhone fans. Currently, you have to wait two to three weeks to get a rose gold iPhone 6s shipped to your door, no matter what iPhone size or memory capacity you end up choosing.
Speaking of size, the next model to sell out is the iPhone 6s Plus – no matter what color or storage capacity you want, you’ll be waiting three to four weeks for the delivery person to bring you an iPhone phablet from Apple.
Carriers will also have limited stock of the iPhone 6s Plus, and the rose gold options will likely be scarce for the time being.
Apple PR confirmed early on Monday that it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6s units during the first weekend.
Naturally, you can still choose to buy an iPhone from a local Apple retail store, if that’s an option, in which case the preorder stock doesn’t apply to you.
Further confirming the high iPhone 6s demand is a note to clients sent by Investment Bank FBR on Monday morning that was obtained by BGR. According to the bank, the iPhone 6s preorders are off to a strong start led by China, which is expected to be an important market for Apple, in spite of the economic slowdown affecting the region.
FBR analyst Daniel H. Ives noted similar wait times for the iPhone 6s Plus and select iPhone 6s models across Apple and carrier stores in China, USA and the U.K.
“While there are still unknowns about inventory levels, we note that China demand in particular looks ‘very strong’ out of the gates and is a positive sign that the white-hot momentum out of this region shows no signs of abating despite macro headwinds out of China,” the note says. “We note that pre-sales of iPhone 6/6 Plus a year ago were 4 million orders (did not include China). Given initial strong data out of China on pre-sales and our analysis, we expect Apple to exceed this threshold, which would be a healthy indicator of initial 6s demand.”
According to Ives, China has the potential to rack up $100 billion-plus in iPhone sales for Apple over the next few years, even with iPhone market share falling to 10% in 2018 from the current 15%.