HK fans prefer the bigger iPhone

September 12, 2014 18:51
Big, bigger, and bigger still: Apple's latest iPhone models. Photo: AFP

Have you ordered your iPhone 6? Congratulations if you were able to.

I didn't have much luck. There were just too many people trying to acquire Apple's latest models. And so after repeated attempts, I just gave up.

Don't worry, I won't lose sleep over it.

Tim Cook's right, and Steve Jobs, RIP, was wrong: people want a bigger sized iPhone model.

Almost all the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus units were sold out soon after Hong Kong's Apple Store opened for the presale session at 3:30 p.m. (Yeah, 30 minutes late.) On the other hand, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 units were still available at around 3:50 p.m. That suggests that Hong Kong buyers prefer the larger model -- assuming, of course, that the two models had the same number of units available.

Despite the fast turnover, Apple seems to have a bigger inventory for the presale round this year. Many of my friends were able to order their favorite models and showed off the fruits of their countless, tireless mouse clicks on the Apple webpage by posting snapshots of their order confirmation page on social media.

Many local netizens also agreed it’s easier to place orders this year than in the previous iPhone launch.

Meanwhile, Apple is making hay while the sun shines. China Southern Airlines announced that it has shipped two batches of iPhone 6 handsets with a combined weight of 93 tons to the United States as of Wednesday. If one white box of an iPhone 6 unit weighs 500 grams, then the airline's initial shipments translate to about 186,000 units.

Shipping cost for those iPhones was more than 2 million yuan (US$326,000), breaking the airline’s record for freight revenue for a single day, civil aviation news portal reports.

As for me, I can always try later. I don't need to be the first one to have an iPhone 6.

-- Contact us at [email protected]


EJ Insight reporter