T-Mobile CEO John Legere has tweeted that iPhone 6s preorders are more than 30% higher than those of the iPhone 6 last year. While there have been a number of clues that the iPhone 6s launch was going to be big, this is the first sign of any hard data.

Apple said a week ago that it was ‘on pace’ to beat last year’s opening weekend record of 10M sales, Phil Schiller later adding that customer response had been “incredibly positive.” We’ve also seen that the first batch of both 6s and 6s Plus are sold out worldwide for delivery by Friday … 

One group of customers who may not get their iPhones on Friday, however, are those in New York and Philadelphia. Due to security arrangements for a visit by the Pope, UPS had earlier warned that deliveries scheduled for Friday to New York City and Philadelphia addresses could be delayed until the following day, and Apple has now echoed this warning.

In an email to those whose deliveries were scheduled for Friday, Apple has said that some may receive their iPhones on Saturday.

Dear <Name>,

Thank you for your recent Apple Store purchase.

Your iPhone 6s <Spec> is scheduled for delivery on Friday, September 25th. However, due to traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City, your delivery may be delayed.

If we’re unable to complete the delivery on Friday, we’ll also be making Saturday deliveries at most locations.

To track your package, please visit UPS with your tracking number: <Number>.

We know you’re looking forward to receiving your new iPhone, and we apologize if your order is affected.



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