The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus haven’t even hit stores yet, and they’re already a hot commodity. Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told The Wall Street Journal earlier this week that customer “response to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world.”
So strong, in fact, that sales of the new phones are on track to meet or beat the sales records posted last year, when Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Customers who didn’t place a preorder as soon as it became available on September 12th have faced shipping delays – anywhere from two to four weeks depending on the model ordered. However, those who got in early on the preorder availability are in luck – it looks like the new iPhones may be arriving a bit earlier than expected.
Those who were able to get a preorder in early on September 12th expected their phones to ship on the official launch date of September 25th. However, many of those users are reporting that the status of their order has changed from ‘Processing Item’ to ‘Preparing for Shipment’ on the Apple website this morning. Some customers are even being charged for the item on their credit card – nine days ahead of schedule.
Customers who have noticed the change in their order status have mainly been outside of the US, so far. Reports have come in from Canada, France, the UK, and Germany that their order status has moved on to the ‘Preparing for Shipment’ stage. It should also be noted that affected orders have so far been for the iPhone 6s only – users who ordered the iPhone 6s Plus have not seen any movement yet.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will officially launch on September 25th in 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the US, and the UK.
The 6s and the 6s Plus feature new, stronger casing and display, improved processors, RAM, and cameras, as well as “3D Touch” displays, which can sense the pressure of the users’ touch on the screen.