It was suggested that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus would be delayed in the run-up to Apple’s announcement earlier this week, with sources suggesting that manufacturing issues would push the handset back until October. As we learned at the keynote address, though, this isn’t the case, but while we suspected that the larger handset would be in short supply, shipping patterns following yesterday’s pre-orders have confirmed this to the the case. Anybody trying to pre-order an iPhone 6 Plus in the US is met with an availability estimate of 3-4 weeks, and so if you haven’t yet taken action, you’re going to have to queue if you wish to buy the iPhone 6 Plus before October.

You could, of course, just hit eBay and secure yourself a unit, but given the typical rush to get hold of the latest and greatest, you’re going to be paying quite a premium on what is already a very expensive gadget. The top-end, 128GB iPhone 6 Plus will set you back a cool $949, but even though the entry-level 16GB variant costs a still-pricey $749, this clearly hasn’t stopped folks going ahead and pre-ordering.

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Prior to the launch, it was suggested that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would be the top seller, and given its lower price, this will likely be the case. However, Apple’s clever pricing, which sees the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus retail at the same cost as a 64GB iPhone 6 means that folks wanting a larger display will probably be tempted.

Every year, Apple outdoes itself in the early sales department, and with another two-pronged assault on the smartphone market, it looks a banker that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will sell in the millions come next Friday.

Getting hold of an iPhone early on tends to be difficult, and at times, tedious. But if you’re planning on queuing up next week to secure your handset, then Apple’s new digitalized system, which will replace traditional paper cards, should help to ease the stress associated with launch day.

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Are you planning on picking up the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? If so, which one will you be opting for?

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