Sellers are so certain the iPhone 6 release date is close that they are already selling iPhone 6 preorders to customers online. The iPhone 6 price charged by these sellers isn’t anywhere close to what you’ll pay for an iPhone 6 preorder at Verizon later this year, but if you want to be first in the digital line here’s what you need to know.
Multiple rumors point to an iPhone 6 release date in September. This is less than a two months away, and if the iPhone 6 release date rumors are correct you’ll be able to buy the new iPhone on September 19th. Traditionally iPhone 6 preorders would arrive a week ahead of time, but many sellers are already offering to sell an iPhone 6 preorder for as much as $1,289.
The latest iPhone 6 release date chatter indicates Apple plans to meet the demand for a new iPhone with a bigger screen by ordering as many as 80 million iPhone 6 units. This large number could be split between two iPhone 6 screen sizes, but it still represents a large number.
The iPhone 6 release date weekend sales would need to top nine million units to beat the previous record, and with pent-up demand it is possible. For perspective during the last quarter Apple likely sold over 3o million iPhones.
With that out-of-the-way, it looks like there may not be shortages during the iPhone 6 release date in the U.S. that would necessitate paying a premium to get a new iPhone. But, that isn’t stopping sellers that want to cash in on the madness that comes with a new iPhone release date.
The Wall Street Journal reports that over 30 sellers on Alibaba, an online merchant service similar to eBay but with a target of businesses, already offer an iPhone 6 preorder.
These small shops are selling access to the new iPhone before Apple even announced the device and before an official iPhone 6 release date is confirmed.
One of these shops shows a mock up of the Apple webpage with an iPhone 6 concept on it. This listing claims the iPhone 6 will be in short supply and shows a variety of iPhone 6 concepts on the sales page that offers an iPhone 6 preorder for $1,289 USD.
Various other shops list iPhone 6 preorders on the new iPhone with a 4.7-inch display for some outlandish prices. One listing claims the iPhone 6 will offer a solar charging display and a 1080P resolution, which current rumors do not back up. Most of these listings are for a 16GB or 32GB iPhone 6 for Hong Kong.
Although these are some of the first iPhone 6 preorders to arrive online, U.S. shoppers should wait for the official U.S. iPhone 6 release date announcement before trying to preorder or buy an iPhone 6.
Apple will likely announce the iPhone 6 at a special event in early September. Several rumors point to a late September iPhone 6 release date with many focused exclusively on September 19th. This is just ahead of the close of Apple’s fiscal year, and matches timing for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.
The video above explains the major differences between the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5. This is based on an iPhone 6 mock up and iPhone 6 rumors that shed light on what consumers can expect. Although Apple normally is able to keep some part of a new iPhone secret, leaks typically showcase the look and many features before the special event.
At this point we expect an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display is also rumored. The bigger display includes a higher 1704 x 960 resolution that will deliver sharper looking on screen images and text. A new design with curved edges and more rounded corners replaces the look of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. We also expect a new processor, camera and new iOS 8 features.