In just the first 72 hours, Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhone 6 and 6 plus devices, which isn’t all that surprising based on what seemed like added anticipation. What remains somewhat surprising, however, is that the iPhone 6 seems to be crushing the iPhone 6 plus in sales. While Apple hasn’t (and likely won’t) officially announced separate sales numbers for the two devices, our tracker shows that early adoption for the iPhone 6 is off the charts, while the iPhone 6 plus is barely pacing ahead of the iPhone 5c.
The question is, what gives?
As we mentioned on Friday, despite seemingly being the more in-demand device, supply for the larger of the two models is scarce. As it currently stands, most stores appear to be sold out of the 6 plus, and you’ll need to wait 3-4 weeks to receive one if you place an order through Apple’s website. (By contrast, the wait for the iPhone 6 is 7-10 days.)
Another reason for the discrepancy could be the fact that a large percentage of early purchasers of the iPhone 6 plus are buying them and reselling them in China, where neither of the new iPhone devices are available yet.
The iPhone 5c never caught on, but the same might not be true with the 6 plus. As demand wanes and inventory increases, it’ll be interesting to see how the divide between the 6 and 6 plus shakes out. Keep an eye on our extended trackers over the coming weeks, and even months.