It's not too late to pre-order your iPhone 6s for launch day

It’s not too late to pre-order your iPhone 6s for launch day


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If you haven’t already pre-ordered your new iPhone 6s, you’ve still got a great chance of getting one on launch day — unless you want a Rose Gold model.

The new color option has become the first to sell out completely in many markets, but the Silver, Gold, and Space Gray are still widely available for delivery and personal pickup on Friday, September 25.

Apple’s latest iPhones traditionally sell out within an incredibly short space of time, so if you haven’t claimed the handset you want within a couple of hours of pre-orders going live, it’s highly unlikely you’re going to get one delivered on launch day.

But that’s not quite the case this year. While the new Rose Gold option has proven to be incredibly popular, you can still get the other color options in both the U.S. and the U.K. — and your chances are even greater if you want the smaller iPhone 6s.

British developer Liam Gladdy has built some tools that monitor iPhone availability for personal pickup. They show that although all Rose Gold options are completely sold out and the iPhone 6s Plus is hard to come by, iPhone 6s is still widely available.

Almost all Apple Stores in the U.S. currently have the 16GB iPhone 6s in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray available for pickup on launch day. Many also have 64GB models available, and a few also have 128GB models. Availability is even better across U.K. Apple Stores.

Whether you want a 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB iPhone 6s, you can find one right now at most Apple Stores in the U.K. Again, the only option that isn’t available is the Rose Gold one.

U.K. stores also appear to have better availability for the 16GB iPhone 6s Plus, but you’re going to find it incredibly difficult to find a unit with more storage. Right now, just three U.K. Apple Stores have the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus in silver.

Gladdy’s graph below shows how quickly the new Rose Gold iPhones sold out in retail stores. By the end of the day on Saturday, only the 16GB iPhone 6s was available in this color, and even those were gone by 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Rose Gold availability in Apple Stores.
Rose Gold availability in Apple Stores.
Graph: Liam Gladdy

After the Rose Gold iPhones, Gold models are the most popular, followed by Space Gray and Silver.

These devices are just available for personal pickup, either; many of those available in-store can also be ordered online for launch day delivery even now. In the U.S., for instance, the 64GB iPhone 6s in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray is still available on all four carriers for September 25.

It’s unclear why the iPhone 6s is still widely available two days after pre-orders went live, but we suspect it’s due to a number of factors, including greater supplies, slightly less demand for the ‘s’ upgrade, and perhaps more demand for the larger iPhone 6s Plus this year.

Most iPhone 6s options are still available to reserve in the U.K.
Most iPhone 6s options are still available to reserve in the U.K.
Graph: Liam Gladdy

Source: Liam Gladdy


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