Every few days I have been tracking the lead-times for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus similar to what I did starting with the iPhone 4S. I do this via Apple’s websites, Verizon AT&T and Sprint and three Vodafone sites and have created a Google Doc to keep track of all my lead-time observations. Hopefully in a few days the countries that have been selling the iPhones for a week will see their lead-times shrink vs. the newer countries have theirs become longer.
In checking lead-times for seven of the twenty newly launched countries today I found positive signs that the iPhone 6 and especially the iPhone 6 Plus availability is improving. In Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Spain the lead-times for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are at 5-7 business days. Turkey is a bit worse then the new countries but better than the initial wave ones with 2-3 weeks for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Taiwan’s doesn’t have any lead-times posted but that is similar to Apple’s China and Singapore websites but there are reports out of Taiwan of lines of people at stores waiting for them to become available.
The iPhone 6’s availability in these new countries at 5-7 business days is a bit better than the 7-10 business days in the US, Australia and the UK. When compared to Verizon (two at same day but five models between October 17 and 24), AT&T (six of nine at 7 to 21 business days), Sprint (2 to 4 weeks for six of nine) the new countries are doing quite well. When compared to Vodafone in the UK, Germany and Australia the new countries compare quite well again with only 7 of a potential 27 models at Vodafone having shorter lead-times.
The 6 Plus’ lead-times of 5-7 business days in Apple’s new countries are substantially better than the US, UK and Australia at 3-4 weeks. They also compare well to Verizon (between October 24 and November 7), AT&T at 28-35 business days and Sprint at 4-6 weeks.
The Vodafone sites are all over the map. Vodafone UK has the 16GB Silver model in stock but the other 8 models lead-times range from 2 to 7 weeks. Vodafone UK is better with one model in stock (16GB Space Gray) but the other 8 all have Early October dates. Vodafone Australia is the worst off as its website says Out Of Stock for all 9 models.
From both Fiksu’s and Mixpanel’s charts Apple’s iPhone 6 is still seeing much better sales and usage than the 6 Plus. This isn’t too surprising given the lead-times for the 6 have been better than the 6 Plus. If the 6 Plus lead-times in the 20 new countries is an indication that its availability is getting better these lines will start to merge.