After officially unveiling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus earlier this week, Apple has now opened up both handsets for pre-order, simultaneously crashing numerous websites in the process.
Apple even managed to crash its own website when it released both handsets earlier on today, eventually getting itself together around an hour after the official release.
UK carriers also suffered, with EE, Orange, T-Mobile and O2 all slowing to a snail’s pace online, whilst also featuring up to 60 minute queue times via telephone.
Many consumers took to Twitter to vent their anger/jealousy toward users who had successfully managed to pre-order the Apple devices.
The pre-order prices didn’t make good reading to smartphone fans after a deal either, as is widely expected with any Apple release.
Starting at £539 sim-free for the smaller 16GB 4.7” model and £619 for the 16GB 5.5” handset, it’s safe to say you won’t be finding a great deal in the days ahead of the handsets’ release.
Monthly tariffs aren’t exactly kind to your bank account either, with the cheapest deal pricing up at £43.50 with no upfront cost.
It definitely doesn’t come as a surprise to see mass hysteria for the iPhone 6, especially after the ruckus Apple caused with its announcement.
Boasting a new A8 processor, iOS 8 and improved TouchID services, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are likely to be a huge money maker for Apple, especially when the Apple Watch comes to play next year as well.
Pre-orders being made should get delivered on Friday 19th, which is the official release date for both phones named by Apple, but the company’s online store is now stating an expected 3-4 week waiting time, meaning stock of the hardware is likely dwindling.
It’s widely expected that deals won’t be fluctuating too much in terms of price for at least a couple of months, meaning bargain hunters will most likely have to wait until the Christmas deals start coming to force around November.
Even still, the release of the latest iPhone is sure to drive plenty of interest Apple’s way despite the hefty price tag.
By bringing in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it’s also likely that the price for some of Apple’s older wares will now drop to make them more affordable; meaning the likes of the iPhone 5s, 5 and 4s could be cheaper in the near future.
Written by Luke Hatfield