The big news of the week for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are huge hits, with preorders pouring in. The phones will start being delivered to customers this Friday.
In the eventful week from Tuesday, Sept. 9, to Tuesday, Sept. 16, AAPL rose 2.93 percent, beating the market indexes, which rose less than 1 percent.
iOS 8 Is Out!
iOS 8, Apple’s new operating system, just became available today at about 1:00 p.m. Users of Apple devices can download the operating system right now by going to Settings -> Software Update.
First Day Preorders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Beat Records
More than four million orders were placed for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first 24 hours, according to an Apple announcement, setting a new record for iPhone preorders.
The phones will be available in the United States and nine other countries starting this Friday. They will become available in more than 20 other countries starting on Friday, Sept. 26.
Demand for the new phones now exceeds supply, and some preorders won’t be delivered until October. However, Apple stores, along with outlets for carriers Sprint (NYSE:S), T-Mobile (NYSE: TMUS), and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), will have phones on hand on Friday at 8 a.m. for walk-in customers, while supplies last.
Both phones are available in gold, silver, and gray, and in 16GB, 64GB, and 128G versions. The price range is $199 to $499 in the U.S. with a two-year service contract.
Apple’s new mobile-payment system will be available in October as a free update to iOS 8 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users in the U.S. Apple Pay will also be integrated into the Apple Watch when that debuts in early 2015.
Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have already signed on to be among the first retail stores to support Apple Pay.