Apple's problems continued overnight as the iPhone 6 launch suffered from technical difficulties

Apple's problems continued overnight as the iPhone 6 launch suffered from technical difficulties
Just days after Apple's live stream of the iPhone 6 unveiling was marred by technical difficulties, Apple was spooked again by gremlins. In some countries, the online Apple Store was down, preventing consumers in the affected countries from pre-ordering the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

As late as 4am Eastern Time Friday morning in the U.S., the Apple Store was down in the U.S., Canada and India. Some were able to circumvent the problem by turning to the Apple Store app. Meanwhile, things were running smoothly for those pre-ordering the iPhone 6 in markets like the  U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

What was your experience like trying to pre-order the Apple iPhone 6 or Apple iPhone 6 Plus? The combination of sleep deprivation, frustration, and desire fueled a number of hilarious tweets. Check them out by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: BGRIndia

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66 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1505; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Just too many people want to buy it at same time... It's the curse of being popular.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont think its a curse of being popular... I think its a stunt to create a hype to attract more users to hurry up their bookings.... welcome the Xiaomi way, hunger marketing... depleted stock, technical difficulties etc will make ifans even more impatient

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

People keep trotting out that old chestnut, yet the first weekend sales numbers climb every year. It can't be both ways. Nobody else in the business deals in these kinds of numbers, and yet other companies still have these issues. Remember Google and the "less than a million Nexus 4's sold" fiasco? Samsung's GS4 launch issues? Now multiply their numbers by 10. Supply can only sate so much demand.

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um why can't it be both ways. Those tactics obviously work so you get better at it through the years. I understand that logic is not an ifans best friend but still, you guys are getting worse every year.

40. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Oh lawd. It's so hard to swallow that this phone is in big demand. Wakey wakey mr poTaters. Earth to Taters...

50. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I didn't say it wasn't in high demand. Learn how to read.

14. Iodine

Posts: 1505; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The problem is that xiaomi sells few thousands of phones after prolonged aggressive addvertizing campaign. And the other few thousands people that couldn't buy it will buy something different after that. No risk at all. Apple sells so much they can make, and those few millions that will not get the hands on their new phones as soon as possible could go angry and target a negative advertizing at Apple. A worldwide risk of dissapointing many of your happy consumers.

27. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

To assume Xiaomi buyers are aloof and will just buy something else is a jerk move. Just because Xiaomi isn't popular in the western world doesn't mean their buyers will just buy some junk Shenzhen phone that's cheap. These following articles show that at in markets their available people actually are fired up about them. http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/10/15/chinas-xiaomi-sells-100000-of-its-newest-phone-in-86-seconds-and-3000-smart-tvs-in-2-minutes/ http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/11/28/chinas-xiaomi-sold-150000-smartphones-10-minutes-using-chat-app/ http://m.androidcentral.com/xiaomi-sells-40000-units-redmi-1s-just-42-seconds-india http://m.us.wsj.com/articles/BL-DGB-36877

36. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

ShiaoMee's battey life sucks ass broseph. It's cheap for a reason :) (click expand in every test).http://blog.gsmarena.com/motorola-moto-g-4g-battery-life/

42. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I agree with you here but disagree as well... I order mi3 for one of my juniors and also ordered redmi for one of my friend... I heard my subordinate stating that the battery doesnt last as long as it did on his old s3... whereas, my friend thanked me bcoz the phone has a good battery life(he had m7 before)

55. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not true. My redmi note lasted the whole day with more than 50% battery life remaining after 12 hours cycle. At the rate I am browsing PA and playing some mobile gaming. Those who has it would know that xiaomi is both cheap and good.

56. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please email gsmarena and tell them that they messed up their Xiaomi battery tests. Their results were horrendous. Thanks broseph.

49. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I just came from our Sprint store and had no problem pre-ordering the 6+.

65. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I just came from our Sprint store and had no problem pre-ordering the 6+." Were you the only one in the store? :)

54. AlikMalix unregistered

Xiamoi sells it in thousands, Apple sells in millions... Create a Hype? Every year Apple prepares more millions more iPhones for initial release and they seem to always sell out - I'm trying to find out how many pre-orders were made so far, but I cannot find that number. Think Logically: What benefit will Apple have by holding back millions of phones? Couple of clickbait articles? Wouldn't the marketing have a field day if they can report bigger initial numbers than hyped up "soldout" banners if that was even true? Everytime Samsung doesnt hit their mark - they say it's due to saturation of that type of product in the market - than two months later Apple cant build them enough to sell... It must be confusing to some - I understand, but given that Apple DOES prepare more devices for initial run and they still run out - maybe, just maybe, the iPhone is the BEST phone even if you cannot customize your font...

57. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Very surprised that xiaomi is brought into an Apple discussion. They are opposite ends of the spectrum. Most western countries would not have much personal experience with their phone. Xiaomi is big in China and Asia with the full backing of the Chinese government, Apple would not want to mess with Chinese companies if they want to continue their China business. Notice none of the Chinese companies are targeted by Apple patent lawsuit.

59. AlikMalix unregistered

I didn't bring it up... (why the response to my post?). Look higher, Apple was accused of doing what Xiamoiwi did to hype up interest... I was actually saying in-contrary, that Xiamomi deals with a completely different customer numbers. Apple deals in millions world wide... Yes, I dont know either, why Xiaomi was mentioned in Apple article....

63. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

but both do have resemblance in their ways.... despite being opposit, strategies appear similar... both use hype effectively for sales... this is the reason xiaomi was brought in the dicussion... by the way this time apple has taken many many ideas from different android OEMs and put together as ip6 & plus... due to this idea/concept copying reason we will keep bringing different OEMs in apple's articles

21. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It wasn't demand this time. The store didn't crash. It literally never went up (for hours).

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, it is the curse of deliberately under-resourcing the order system to create the appearance of high demand....

45. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

AT&T was having severe issues as well. Maybe the carriers are getting involved too?

46. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Yes. Apple sent an internal email to all the carriers + BIG vendors to bring down their websites for a few at the exact same time. Marketing strategy my friend. Marketing strategy.

39. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I think Apple should just hand out numbers for people to stand on-line at the store and, of course, hand out numbers for people to stand on line; this will avoid any future Apple Store melt-downs. But, kudos to those iGremlins.

48. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Yeah and it sucks. People just like that.

58. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Maybe also shows how many idiots are there in the world. As I said in another post, even Tim Cook's dump will be sold out as long as it has an apple logo.

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

...........but why?

3. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

bummer dude , that's a bummer

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh my gosh he had to wait an hour and 15 minutes to order the phone. FU**ING SPOILED KID I WAITED FOR THE Z2 FOR 2,5 MONTHS AND (almost) DIDN'T COMPLAIN

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And who's fault is that? Sony's.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh no. I think it was Santa claus' fault. /s

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