iPhone 6 Buy at Launch or Wait

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by techspin, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    I'm curious to see how many plan on buying the iPhone 6 at launch or waiting for any potential bugs/hardware issues to be ironed out. I purchased the 5s at launch and had numerous issues with Touch ID (flawless on my current phone now). Knowing myself, I'll probably try to nab one within a week or two of release and hope to discover any issues within the 14 day purchase window. Unless there's no decent temporary case available in the interim while case makers play catch up. :D
  2. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I thought it was an easy choice. That my 2 years wouldn't be up until after launch. Looked, I bought my 5 on September 21, 2012. So if the launch date was after that, I could buy at launch.

    I think I'll wait at least a month after launch for reasons unrelated to the phone. Except that I seem to go through the battery faster than I used to (bluetooth on, for example, most of the time), the phone is still working fine and appears flawless.
  3. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    I buy at launch so that I can upgrade in 2 years.
  4. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Without ninja skills, or the use of a tent and being one of those fools who camp outside Apple stores the night before, there isn't a cat in hell's chance of getting an iPhone on launch day (in the UK anyway). I had to drive 60 miles to purchase my iPhone 4.....two months after launch. They were like rocking horse poop up to that point.
    Apple should know the demand by now and damned well make sure that sufficient stock is available.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    They will be making over 80 million so getting the bugs out at this point is not going to happen. Updates will take care of problems that will come up.

    Waiting is futile.
  6. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    Keep in mind though that the "fade" issues with Touch ID had nothing to do with the hardware, and were fixed in later software updates.

    I don't recall Apple making too many on-the-fly production changes once they release an iPhone model. Even the iPhone 4 with the infamous "antennagate" issue never had a design change with the GSM models (only the CDMA versions released later on had an antenna modification). The iPhone 5 had a midcycle update to add more LTE bands after T-Mobile started selling carrying the iPhone. I don't know of any hardware changes with the 5c or 5s.

    Most of the bugs that get fixed are on the software side, and that will happen whether you buy early or buy later.

    I bought the 5s at launch, and (at least in the US) it proved easier on launch day than if I had waited a couple of weeks. If you don't want to stand in lines, just wait until Apple's store site goes live at midnight PDT and order it online. Placed my order at 12:06am, and it arrived 5 days later.

    In the first hour, most of the 5s configurations were still showing ship dates of "1 to 3 days." By 8am, most configurations had ship dates of "7 to 10 days," with the gold color and T-Mobile unlocked versions showing ship dates of "October." If you waited a week later, most of the configurations showed ship dates of "October" with the most in-demand configurations showing "November" as the ship dates.

    So, if you placed the order right when the site goes live, you likely got the phone within a week. If you placed it within the first day, you likely received the phone within two weeks (or longer if you order an in-demand/short supplied configuration). If you placed the order a week after launch, then you might have waited a week for some models and over a month for others.

    Going to the Apple Store in the days after launch, you still have to arrive before the store opens and line up. When the store opens, they will let the line up know which configurations they have available on that day, and issue reservation tickets. You won't know which configurations they have available beforehand.

    Not sure if the iPhone 6 will play out the same way, but that's how the launch went for the 5s.
  7. megapopular macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    Buying at launch.

    Done the same for every single iPhone since the original. Always sold my older iPhone within 3 days or so after the new purchase on eBay or via Craigslist.
  8. Helldiver macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2008
    Happy to have stick with my 4S but cannot wait for a bigger screen.
  9. Teddysjam macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2014
    Just got 5s off contract playing with it for like a week loving it my upgrade date is sept 1st but my contract ends dec 31st I'm looking at going to another carrier so I'll probably wait the 5s is like a upgrade to me already lol. That's what I say now but I may jump on launch day then I'll be stuck with same carrier for 2 yrs going to need discipline to wait. Lol.
  10. techspin thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    You're absolutely correct about this, I was tempted to impulsively sign with another carrier the morning I went if they didn't have the model I wanted. Not sure if this is consistent, but they didn't have any TMo phones the day I went. I'll definitely consider ordering at midnight...would we be able to order phones via AT&T Next upgrade?

    Thankfully they have worked out the kinks for TouchID. The first two 16GB space gray units I was given definitely had some quality control issues with the home button. The first phone was replaced on the spot when the Apple guy couldn't get it to register his prints either after resetting. I loathe returning items, but visits to the Apple store have been relatively painless. My second unit had an very audible click noise after the home button was pressed. I decided to upgrade to the 64gb space gray (more money for Apple right? :rolleyes:) to hopefully find a unit from a different production line and that did the trick. No problems aside from a slightly loose power button.
  11. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Ouch, it was still that bad over there? The last couple of releases, supply seemed to be plentiful at retail stores in the US. In my area, for the first 3 days, you stood a better chance of getting the phone more quickly if you went to a retail store than if you ordered online. Granted, by day 3, you pretty much don't have a choice of capacity.
  12. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    launch. i have to or else i feel dumb buying tech thats aged for the same price. and the excitement of an apple launch it the best! :D
  13. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2007
    The configurations that sold out the fastest online were the T-Mobile, gold colored, and 64 GB models. The T-Mobile configurations were highly coveted because they come factory unlocked, and resellers looking to take them overseas flocked to those particular models. Don't know how it all breaks down in terms of supply for each configuration, but T-Mobile also might not have high priority at launch. I know that Sprint has a contractual obligation to sell a certain number of iPhones, so that might ensure better availability. For the T-Mobile phones, they were very difficult to find for several weeks after launch.

    Ordering at midnight is relatively straight forward. Wait for the Apple Store to go live, and place the order. Some of the more extreme suggestions include logging into your Apple ID ahead of time, confirming your billing and shipping info, and even practicing the ordering sequence ahead of time a few days before so that you know where to click on the site at launch. It's a bit of a race, but I recall that even at the end of the first hour, several configurations were still available for short turnaround.
  14. CrimsonKnight, Jul 26, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014

    CrimsonKnight macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2013
    Denver, CO
    Ordered my iPhone 5s on launch day, at 12:03 pdt. Received it the following Wednesday.

    Had no issues with hardware or software. Touch ID worked good for me.

    Not upgrading to the 6, will wait for the 6s. On a 2 year agreement, and I'm totally okay with. I enjoy being in the s cycle.
  15. techspin thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Wow, I better start training. :cool: Hmm, I don't see an option on the site for yearly upgrades. Only 2-yr contract pricing and TMo/Unlocked. I'd be ok with purchasing at retail price, if needed.

    CK: Glad to hear TouchID worked for ya from the start! It's indispensable for me now.
  16. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    My contract is up in December i don't have a choice. I'm waiting.
  17. techspin thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Depending on your carrier, you may be able to upgrade sooner. Wouldn't hurt to ask!
  18. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Would I need to do something like AT&T next or can I get a normal 2 year contract?
  19. Izauze macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2013
    Did they ever release a hardware or software fix for the 5s levelgate?
  20. techspin thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Some carriers will allow you to upgrade before you reach two years. You can check your upgrade eligibility online or call and ask a rep, esp if you've been a customer for a while.

    Yep, it was fixed with an iOS update back in October.
  21. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    I'll be up at midnight hoping the servers allow me to pre-order!

    Then, when people are standing in long lines, I'll wait for the Fedex truck to arrive so I can play with my new phone :)
  22. wilky76 macrumors regular


    Oct 9, 2013
    I'm gonna wait until the new year just bought another iPhone 5S, if the 6 isn't all that much of a step up apart from screen size then i might hang on till the 6S next September.
  23. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    We waited a week (maybe two) last time and we were able to get new phones from VZW, just walked in without any lines. I've pre-ordered in the past but I think depending on the timing and release date we may wait.
  24. kiwiboi87 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    New Zealand
    When I ordered my iPhone 5, I ordered on launch day for NZ
    Didn't see the device for three weeks.

    Downside of not having our own Apple Store
  25. nviz22 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2013
    I have T-Mobile Jump, so I am on the fence on upgrading to a new phone even though I just got the M8 days ago. I will look at the Note 4 and 6. If they're wowing phones, I would have a tough decision to make, if not, simply sticking with the M8 doesn't hurt.

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