The delivery of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus smartphone, which has a 5.5-inch display, will be delayed by 3-4 weeks in the U.S.
The delay in delivery is despite a record breaking demand during pre-orders.
“It was a terrific day for our customers and us. This is our biggest iPhone, pre-order launch day ever,” said Glenn Lurie, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility.
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Apple website says the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus models will have a wait time of up to a month, the 4.7-inch version remains available for delivery on September 19.
The Apple website does not caution its smartphone users about the delay before they start ordering. Just before selecting the payment button a relatively invisible message pops up. If you do not see this message, you will still book the iPhone 6 Plus and wait for 4 weeks.
Websites of Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint, major telecom operators in the U.S., also showed shipment delays of up to six weeks.
Apple said the pace of orders has so far outstripped any of its previous iPhones.
“Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible, with a record number of pre-orders overnight. Pre-orders are currently available online or through the Apple Store App,” spokeswoman Trudy Muller said.
According to earlier media reports, suppliers to Apple were scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhones as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production, Reuters reported last month.
Apple’s Chinese customers may also have to wait until the year-end before they can buy the iPhone 6. Apple is yet to set a release date for China, the world’s biggest smartphone market.
The device vendor is likely to delay its India launch as well.