Apple iPhone 6 First-Day Orders Top 4 Million

iPhone 6 Horizontal - H 2014

iPhone 6 Horizontal - H 2014

It's a record for the tech giant

Apple has sold a record number of its new phones during the first 24 hours of presales. 

The Cupertino-based tech company announced Monday that it has received more than 4 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That's double the 2 million in presales for the iPhone 5 in 2012, the last time Apple released preorder figures.

Apple also said Monday that demand for the phones exceeds its initial supply, which means that some customers won't receive their new devices until October. 

"iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do," Apple CEO Tim Cook said. "Preorders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can't wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday."

Apple announced Sept. 12 that presales for the iPhone 6 had set a new record for the company, but did not give specific sales figures. The record-breaking sales come despite an outage on the Apple online store on the Friday morning that presales began. The websites for the major carriers also experienced delays or outages as the result of high demand. 

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for purchase on Sept. 19 at Apple retail stores and authorized carriers.  

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