It's an iPhone launch - delays expected!

With just one week to go until the retail launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus delays are already expected with some networks reporting a five week wait for pre-orders of the new models.

This is in part down to the usual demand expected from an iPhone launch. It is also now two years since the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s were released - the average length of a phone contract in the UK - and with significant improvements featured in the 6s, and no new 4-inch iPhone on the horizon, it is likely that those coming to end of their contracts will be swayed by the latest iPhone.

Production delays add weeks to delivery

Other factors influencing the delivery times this year include manufacturing problems affecting the production of backlight modules for the iPhone 6s Plus. Reported by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple has had to move supplier delaying production by three to four week.

This year is also the first that the iPhone has launched in China at the same time as the official launch. This is expected to increase pre-orders by around 2 Million units.

Surprise as mid-range model proves most popular

As we reported earlier this week, for perhaps the first time in iPhone launch history the entry level iPhone is not the most popular. Instead iPhone fans are rushing to buy the 64GB mid-range model. This will of course have a clear impact on stock as many of the networks will have bulk ordered the 16GB version expecting this to be the favourite. 

Also proving popular is the Rose Gold edition. This has been on the cards for a while and we reported back in August that pre-order registrations for Rose Gold iPhones had overtaken Space Grey. Currently the big four networks are optimistic for many of the 6s models but waiting times vary across the networks by up to five weeks. 

Which iPhone should I choose?

If you're hoping to get your hands on a 64GB iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus when they launch on the 25 September our advice is opt for a Gold or Silver version. If you really want that Rose Gold edition try a 16GB model, if you don't need the storage (there's always iCloud after all), or if can stretch you budget choose the 128GB instead.

 

We'll be updating this site throughout the launch with iPhone stock news so do check back and if you've pre-ordered your iPhone tell us in the comments if you're still waiting for yours to arrive.

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