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Apple: New iPhone Orders on Record Pace

The company anticipates opening-weekend sales of more than 10 million units and is 'working to catch up as quickly as we can' to the demand.

Apple announced Monday that preorders for its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, on sale later this month, are on pace to top last year’s record for new handsets.

“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world,” Apple said in an emailed statement. “We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.”

The statement said that online orders have been “exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period. … We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday.”

Apple unveiled the new iPhone models last week, along with overhauled Apple TV hardware and iPad Pro tablets with enlarged screens, at a media event in San Francisco. 

The California tech giant is seeking to build on the success of large-screen handsets introduced last year that have dominated the high-end smartphone market.

One of the key new features is 3-D touch, which responds to pressure exerted on the screen to allow users to look inside messages and applications.

The 6s has the 4.7-inch display of its predecessor and the 6s Plus — which updates one of the more popular handsets in the “phablet category” — has the same 5.5-inch screen. But the devices have more powerful processors that allow for improved graphics, harder glass and a new aluminum body. 

Pricing will be kept at the same levels as the earlier versions, but Apple is allowing consumers to buy unlocked devices on installment.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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