Apple Reports Record-Breaking Orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

(Los Angeles Times/MCT) -

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped a record-breaking 4 million in the first 24 hours the phones were on sale, according to Apple.

The first iPhones will be delivered to some customers Friday, but many who pre-ordered will have to wait until next month to get their hands on the new devices. People who wait in the now-traditional epic lines at Apple stores on Friday also may be able to snag a new phone, but supplies there will not be endless, either.

In comparison, Apple reported in 2012 that the iPhone 5 sold at a pace of about 2 million in 24 hours. The record-breaking sales last week also spurred myriad complaints of problems.

The new iPhones were supposed to be available for pre-order online Friday at midnight, but once the clock struck 12 and customers around the U.S. refreshed their web browsers, nothing happened. Many continued seeing Apple’s standard “We’ll be back” message for hours.

Apple and the wireless carriers have routinely sold out of their first-day supplies of the latest iPhones in the past, but the pre-order process this time around seemed particularly fraught.