Brother vs. brother: iPhone 6 winning, but only because of supply

I first prognosticated that the iPhone 6 Plus would outsell the iPhone 6. A week later, I wrote that the forecast was likely going to be wrong.

A report from Consumer Intelligence Partners suggests that for every one iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is selling three times the number of iPhone 6s. It’s unclear whether that’s due to demand, but it’s at least due to supply.

As I wrote before:

The Wall Street Journal reported an unnamed source as saying:

We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders.

Foxconn is making nearly 3x many more iPhone 6s than iPhone 6 Pluses, everyday. Given that, it’ll be awfully hard for the iPhone 6 Plus to outsell the iPhone 6.

Apple is making nearly 3x as many iPhone 6s, so unsurprisingly, Apple sold nearly 3x as many iPhone 6s as well.

A quick check on the Apple website shows that iPhone 6s ship in 7-10 days time, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus requires 3-4 weeks.

It sure seems like a supply driven phenomenon.

With time, I expect more Apple enthusiasts to realize the value of a bigger display, as this TechCrunch author did:

Apple’s new iPhones have been available for around a month now, and something interesting has happened with this generation: I’m forced to revisit my original reviews and change my initial impression based on later experience. After further testing of the two devices, I find the iPhone 6 Plus has become my smartphone of choice, as a surprising first choice over the iPhone 6.

I expect the bigger version of the iPhone 7 to outsell its smaller sibling.

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