Analysis indicates iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1

Analysis indicates iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus 3-to-1
Apple’s new line of iPhones are a success, there is no arguing that point. Without providing a specific breakdown of sales by model or storage capacity, Apple announced it set a new record for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales during its launch weekend.

The new iPhones dominate the sales cycle with the carriers at the moment, and will be a strong contender as we approach the holiday shopping season. What is not known with absolute certainty is which of the new iPhone 6 models is proving to be the most popular.

UBS analyst Steven Milunovich has been scrutinizing a report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners which examines the sales data of the first 30 days of availability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Milunovich says that the iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus by a margin of 3-to-1.

The sales activity is a bit skewed though because Apple has been dealing with supply issues affecting the iPhone 6 Plus’ production, so actual demand for the bigger iPhone is not gauged in the report. In all, 91% of all iPhone sales were for the new iPhone 6 models, which is an increase over the previous model launch a year ago, providing a sure sign that the larger form factor is a hit with the masses.

The research also indicates that more people are opting to go for the 64GB and 128GB models over the 16GB capacity iPhones. Seeing as how each model commands a $100 premium over its lesser storage sibling, Apple is likely looking at better profit margins with the iPhone line-up.

source: AppleInsider



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

This is in the US. But in Asia, 6 pluses are somehow selling a little more than 6es ....hmmm

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

In much of Asia, larger screens are a status symbol. In the US, it could be that the jump from 3.5" or 4" to 5.5" is just too much.


Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Who isn't buying the 6 plus? Its miles better. Better battery life, 1080p, OIS in the camera, bigger screen.

3. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

I bought the iPhone 6 because it is perfect on my hand to hold.

13. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

On the other hand it's bigger, heavier, thicker, it has lower on screen GPU perf and most impotant it's 100$ more.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

If 0.2mm thicker is listed as a con in your book, then please promise us to never review devices.

27. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The picture quality is near identical between 6/6+, the 1080p screen is not that much better when compared side by side, and a larger screen size also means a larger and heavier phone with exactly the same functionality. The iPhone 6 is clearly the better buy (for me anyway). I'd rather save $100 or go for the higher memory capacity. I wouldn't be surprised if the 3:1 ratio gets even higher in the next couple years after the iPhone 6 plus surprise calms down.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

However browsing the web, and watching movies would be far more pleasant on a larger device. Each device does have its trade offs but when it comes down to it, it's all personal preferences.

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You might be right about movies (even though I prefer watching them on my iPhone over my tablet), but I'd prefer using the iPhone 6 for web browsing since you can easily navigate one handedly. I don't think the 6+ is a terrible buy, I'm just answering BlueBlaster's "who isn't buying the 6+?" The 6+ isn't miles better.

29. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

People who don't care about paper stats that feed their e-peens.

4. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I have always believed the 5 inch form factor appeals to the mass and the 6 inch appeals to hardcore fanboys, it's normal for the iPhone 6 to sell more than the 6 plus. I also believe Samsung and Google are in big trouble right now, the best phones they have at the moment are phablets, both the note 4 and nexus 6 won't appeal to the mass therefore they won't sell.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You believe that Google and Samsung are in big trouble because they sell phablets? You do realize that Samsung has multiple products available for people who prefer smaller handhealds, and those alternatives sell amazingly well, and Google is anything but dependent on the Nexus Line.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The 6 is selling more, because there's more of them to sell, and people really love and want a new iPhone. Once the 6 plus yeids increase, it'll catch up. It's obviously the more popular hand set, but Apple underestimated it's popularity potential, and therefore made less of them. That's their bad, but its catching up.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, they didn't want a repeat of the 5c where they had a massive surplus taking up space in warehouses. luckily for Apple, demand outpacing supply is the problem they want.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, in the business world they'll always see that as a good thing. When the S series comes out, it'll be an even split.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Don't get me wrong or anything, but I questions if the s series will sell nearly as well as the latest release. I felt that the larger screens were a massive intensive to upgrade for people who have been putting it off for many years. It's to be expected that next year's phones will have improved specs, but I believe that most people who bought their phones this year will opt to wait a full two years before considering an upgrade, thus resulting in a decline in sales. Not to say that it won't sell well, but I think that unless Apple completely blows everyone's minds next year with something unfathomable, a simple boost in speed and another millimeter thinner body won't been enough to prompt people to spend their money on the phone, especially when they're still locked into a contract.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I agree with you Scott. The only way I'm upgrading next year will be a huge internal boost. A9 tri core, 2 gigs of RAM, I coulndnt care less about mega pixel count, as it has little to do with image quality and more to do with image size. Everything else is on point.

31. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Something that many people (fanboys) don't understand. As many years as a photographer, megapixel's do not make your picture. For a smartphone, it is all about your sensor size. Also, in the DSLR world, I could be using my old Canon T2i with my most costly glass (my lens) and have better photos than my 5D with my T2i's stock lens.

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Sales drop off? I don't think so. That has never happened. I know there is a first time for everything, but that time is not here yet.the "S" model has never been much of a reason to upgrade and they still sold more year over year. There will always be people who upgrade every year added in with people who are upgrading from older iPhones and Android devices that sales will continue to climb. I'm not planning on upgrading, but I never buy the "S" model. I always upgrade my iPad during the S year. Next year I will be doing that plus the Apple Watch and TV. Yes I think that will drop in 2015.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I'll disagree with you, only time will tell. I find it funny though how I say that most people will wait two years to upgrade and you argue while at the same time say that you're one of the people who regularly wait the two years.

21. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You are correct! Also, this only covers the first month of sales. During that time, 6 pluses were no where to be found and I don't think they were even on sale in China yet. You still can't walk in a store and buy 6 pluses now. Even Apple said supply has to catch up to see which is most popular.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think the S will sell even better, Apple always sells more as the years roll on.

18. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

iPhone loyalist in America are perhaps still adjusting to using bigger phone that's why they prefer the smaller iPhone 6.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I actually know a couple people who won't upgrade because they prefer the smaller screen. Still, I'm sure they're the minority.

20. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

What are the kiddroids doing here ? This is an iPhone news

25. alvi101 unregistered

Its the 5C and 5S all over again apple should just focus and churn out a single phone each year and they wont have problems like bending and stuf

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You're absolutely right! Because the last thing anyone in this world wants is a choice... ::rolling my eyes:: The issue with the iPhone 5c is that no one was buying them, this is not the case with the iPhone 6+, 1 in every 4 (25%) of everyone buying the new iPhones is going with the Plus. That percentage is anything but embarrassing, especially taken into account that they're selling record numbers thus far. If you're going to talk crap about Apple, make it something that's a legitimate issue.

33. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I got a 6 plus to use as a de facto tablet replacement. My primary phone is still the 5s. I was thinking about getting a Nexus 6 but decided to stick with iPhone since Apple products tend to have much better resale/trade in value.

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