One month after the new iPhone release it remains incredibly difficult to find the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 in stock, and if you do find one, you’ll likely end up in a huge line. It’s time to give up your daily search to find the iPhone 6 in stock.
You don’t need to give up and wait weeks for delivery, but with lines 100 people long there is no sense in walking into an Apple Store to try to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stock out of the blue.
If you do this, you’ll end up in a huge iPhone 6 line like the one on video below. We shot video of this iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus line on October 23rd, over a month after these phones first went on sale.
This is a long line without the promise of an iPhone 6 in stock, and you’ll end up waiting in it for more than just a few minutes.
The video shows the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus line at an Apple Store in San Francisco, but this is not an isolated problem with looking for an iPhone 6 in stock at a local store.
There are still incredibly long iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus lines at Apple Stores in New York City as well.
— Walter Piecyk (@WaltBTIG) October 17, 2014
It’s possible that some of these lines are from people who cannot order one online because they want to pay in cash or can’t have someone sign for the delivery, or maybe they are tourists looking to take an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus home. It may even be the desire to get help setting the iPhone 6 up, but there are plenty of reasons to skip these lines.
If you placed an order for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus even after the release date delivery sold out you would still be getting your new iPhone about now.
Before you go to any store, find an iPhone 6 in stock and reserve it for pickup. You may still end up in line, but you know you’ll walk out with an iPhone.
The other option is to order online and get the iPhone 6 in your hands in a little over a week. You can even bring it into an Apple Store for a personal setup at no extra charge.
You may still want to hunt for an iPhone 6 Plus in stock, considering the wait is three to four weeks, but it is nearly impossible to find an iPhone 6 Plus in stock at a local store. Even if you search every day, you may need to give up and order online.
If you need to pay with cash you can stop in to a carrier store and ask them to order you one for delivery to your house and you can pay with cash. You can even bring it back for activation and setup if you want.
The only downside to giving up your search for an iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 in stock is that you may need to wait a few extra days for an iPhone 6, for that you save standing all day in a line at your local Apple Store or the time wasted calling every local Verizon or AT&T store.
At this point finding an iPhone 6 Plus in stock is ridiculously hard, even in October. If you want the new iPhone by Thanksgiving you should just order today and if stock magically improves you may see it ship faster or you can cancel and buy in a store.
Before you order from the Apple Store, check the shipping times from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. they might be faster than Apple’s estimates if you are lucky.