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iPhone 6s launch day kicks off as customers queue up around the world

iPhone 6s launch line Sydney

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While at least one person in the United States has already received their iPhone 6s after pre-ordering with the rest of us, iPhone 6s launch day has officially kicked off on the other side of the planet. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale at 8 am local time in a dozen markets around the world. New Zealand goes first at authorized resellers as there are no Apple Stores in the country, then the first Apple Stores in Australia two hours later, followed Japan and China and others before starting in the United States 16 hours from the start.

Earlier this week, all models and configurations of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus became sold out online for pre-ordering with launch day delivery. The larger iPhone 6s Plus models were among the first to sell out for launch day, although that may be in part due to display production issues and not just demand. Still, Apple Stores and carriers alike will have limited launch day inventory if you’ve waited and decide to take a gamble at getting the model you want.

Do you plan to queue up outside your Apple Store for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus this year or did you send your robot instead? Send your launch day photos to and check out the scenes below as you await your new iPhone.

Apple is launching iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and the US first with more markets to follow.

Apple Store in SF on Stockton St. (Thanks Christopher!)

Apple Store in SF on Stockton St. (Thanks Christopher!)

No Apple Stores in New Zealand, but deliveries have started (thanks Tate!) and authorized resellers are ready.

iPhone 6s delivery New Zealand

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  1. usmansaghir - 8 years ago

    No massive queues this year.

    • macnificentseven48 - 8 years ago

      Yeah, because they’re all lining up for Samsung’s new Galaxy S6… in your dreams. Exactly what do you consider a massive queue? 5,000 people, 10,000 people? For an audience with the pope, maybe.

    • Thanks to more efficient (and more supplies) pre-ordering system. Queuing up used to be fun with fellow fans, Apple likes it (huge PR) but Chinese scalpers ruined it.

  2. Gregory Wright - 8 years ago

    Oh the iPhone 5.5″, the phone the nay sayers said nobody wanted. Where are all those posters now?

  3. Jurgis Ŝalna - 8 years ago

    Got my 128GB Plus delivered this morning in NZ!

  4. Daniel (@Daku93) - 8 years ago

    The tweet from Düsseldorf is actually pretty mean…

  5. macnificentseven48 - 8 years ago

    But supposedly no one will be buying the iPhone 6s because everyone who wanted a new iPhone already bought an iPhone 6. I’m sure the analysts are never wrong when it comes to knowing precisely about how many iPhones Apple will sell in the future. Any tea leaves can tell them that much.


  6. stevelawrence - 8 years ago

    High time we had at least one actual Apple Store here in New Zealand.

  7. Karthik Chand - 8 years ago

    it is really sad that our country INDIA does not get the product along with other countries..even though we have a high sales and good market…expecting it to come as soon as fans are waiting

  8. Will Van Gelderen - 8 years ago

    I just don’t get it, is a phone really that important that you can’t wait a week if supplies run low today. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple, but there has to be better priorities out there for these people


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