Demand for the iPhone 6 boosts earnings to $1.42 a share on revenue of $42.1 billion. That compares to a consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters of $1.31 a share and $39.88 billion. Cook:
[We] are heading into the holidays with Apple’s strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015.
Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones, generating about $23.68 billion in revenue, up 21% from a year ago. IPad sales declined 14% to $5.32 billion, with about 12.32 units sold.
Within the first weekend, the sales from iPhone 6 top the $10 million mark. This is a record- breaking debut for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus models. Tim Cook:
Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier,We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin.
While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.
Owners of the new iPhone 6 Plus are angry as it emerges the phone can bend out of shape simply when stored in a pocket. Since the new model launch, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reported the issue that significantly alters the appearance of the phone. The problem, dubbed ‘Bendgate’ by some on social media sites, is due to the phone’s thin aluminium exterior – but can be solved by ensuring the middle of the phone is not subjected to a large force. A user writes:
@tim_cook hi Tim, I absolutely love my new iPhone 6 Plus!! My favorite feature is the flexible display.
Apple announces that 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones were sold during the first weekend of sales, breaking a company record for sales. The figures for the two devices are not broken out, but the iPhone 6 Plus has been more difficult to find at retailers. Two years ago, over 2 million iPhone5 preorders were recorded within the first 24 hours, and the sales for the first weekend totaled 5 million. Last year, the first time Apple offered two iPhone models, the company sold 9 million iPhone 5S and 5C phones during the first weekend they were in stores. The figures for the two devices are not broken out, but the iPhone 6 Plus has been more difficult to find at retailers. Apple CEO Tim Cook:
Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn’t be happier.
A post appears on Rivers’s Facebook saying that she is replacing her 2010 model iPhone:
This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got this one in 2010, and after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired.
Apparently an automated marketing message, the post is quickly deleted.
The first person in Australia to buy an iPhone 6 after the phones go on sale in Perth, Western Australia at 8 a.m. local time, drops the phone onto the pavement while being filmed for live television. Jack Cooksey:
I dropped it in a panic to get it open, luckily it’s covered in plastic, so it’s fine. I just can’t wait to open it again – and not drop it.
A 24-year-old international student from China, identified as Anna, breaks into tears as she leaves the queue for the iPhone 6 at Apple’s flagship Sydney store around 10 a.m. Friday local time (8 p.m. Thursday EDT) after police say that she may be arrested if she does not remove herself from the George Street area for six hours. She has been queuing for over 24 hours to buy two 4.7-inch handsets, but became worried that she may not reach the front of the line as the number of customers in front of her rose to 180 from about 80 overnight after people joined their friends in the queue. She stepped out of line several times to see if someone would sell her a handset at an affordable price, after people in the queue offered to sell her the phones at inflated rates including more than twice the price. She says it is unfair that ‘true’ Apple fans like her miss out, implying others are trying to profit from the high demand for the product:
I just feel so excited by the iPhone but the shop did nothing [to stop people pushing in]. It’s a waste of my heart, waste of my love.
She says Apple could have allocated number cards to ensure people could not jump in front of those who had been waiting longer.
Apple supplier Foxconn hires more workers for its factory in Zhengzhou, China to help meet the huge demand for the new phones. The Wall Street Journal reports that more than 200,000 Foxconn workers are stationed at the Zhengzhou factory with the sole job of assembling the new iPhones and some of its key components. The plant is operating 100 production lines 24 hours a day to keep up with demand. A person familiar with the matter tells The Wall Street Journal:
We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders. For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays.
Apple reports a record for first-day pre-orders for its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hitting over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours. They also report demand for the products outpaced initial supplies, and “a significant amount” of the devices will be delivered to customers beginning September 19, 2014, when the phones officially go on sale. The remaining orders will get to customers throughout the month of September; however, many iPhone pre-orders aren’t scheduled to arrive to customers until October. Additional supplies of the smartphones will be available to walk-in customers on September 19th, starting at 8 a.m. local time at Apple retail stores.
Shortly after Apple reveals the new iPhone 6, Verizon Wireless announces they will give customers the phone for free with the signing of a two-year contract. Customers must also turn in their old iPhone to be eligible for the offer. They will accept the following used iPhone models: 4, 4S, 5, 5S and 5C, as long as the device still works. Customers will be given a $200 gift card once they turn in their old phone so they can buy the iPhone 6 for $199.00. Verizon did not announce when the offer will end.