Report: Apple's iPhone 6s is four times more popular than the iPhone 6s Plus


According to a new report from Localystics, the iPhone 6s was four times more popular than the iPhone 6s Plus in the first week of commercial availability. The report claims that the iPhone 6s now accounts for about 1.5% of all active iPhones, while the iPhone 6s Plus is listed with a share of 0.4% of the iPhone pie.

Although it's definitely not surprising to see that the iPhone 6s is selling much better compared to its larger and pricier sibling, it's worth noting that the second-coming of the Apple phablet appears to be doing much better compared to the original version in terms of first-week sales. Last year, after one week of availability, the iPhone 6 Plus accounted for about 0.3% of all active iPhones, down significantly compared to the 2.4% share of the iPhone 6.

At this point, it should be noted that while the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus adoption rates have dropped compared to those of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, this doesn't mean that fewer units have been shipped. The reason for the discrepancy in numbers between the two iPhone generations comes from the fact that there are simply much more iPhones currently out there compared to a year ago, following the phenomenal sales success of the iPhone 6 series throughout the last four quarters. 

Apple recently announced that it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units combined during the initial weekend of availability. This tops the record (10 million units) that Apple established last year with the iPhone 6 generation.

If you're wondering which is the most popular iPhone model at the moment, then the answer shouldn't surprise you. According to data from Localystics, the iPhone 6 accounts for a third of all active iPhones, followed by the iPhone 5s with a share of 23.2% and the iPhone 5 with a share of 11.2%. Again, note that these shares do not come from brute sales numbers. Instead, these percentages represent the ratio of a certain iPhone model in the total pool of active iPhones.


source: Localystics via GSMArena

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37 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Of course! It's the cheapest version of that generation. Personally I would go for the 6S+, but I predicted that the 6S would sell more.

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

The size and the 100$ discount is why it sells more.

21. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

You call it a discount. Now that's funny.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean $100 price difference? And no, it doesn't mean the same thing.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

They know they know they know ~

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

The size 5'5 is outrageously big, that's a problem for many.

7. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

My wife initially wanted the 6S Plus but no stores had stock on launch day. So we settled on the regular model and even that does not fit her pants pockets. Just imagine the trouble the Plus would have been. So far she enjoys the smaller 6S.

15. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

she could have put it in her purse . Well i would go for the larger model just because of the amazing battery life

16. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

No, 5.5" isn't very big. They just can't get the iPhone to have smaller bezels for whatever reason.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is very big. Just because it may not be for YOU doesn't mean it isn't for anyone else. Again this is the biggest problem for Apple fans in general. They seem to think what works for them specifically, works for everyone. The iPhone 6/6S Plus are very big compare to phones that have similar display sizes and are yet smaller. When you hold the iPhone 6S Plus in one hand along with an S6 Edge+/Note 5 for an example, the iPhone definitely feels bigger. MUCH BIGGER. Just because you are use to it, and you are comfortable with it, doesn't mean everyone will be. Get over it with you all selfish egotistical thinking that whatever works for you, automatically equals the same for everyone. Obviously you are wrong.

35. it360inc

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

While the iPhone may feel a bit large compared to the Samsung it has many advantages. First I've used Android OS and it is a fractured, clumsy, ill conceived and unsecure operating system that has so many holes in it you can't use a flash light app without being hacked. Second, while Samsung uses the more cutting edge oLed screens the Apple hardware is more solid, refined and well built with the latest A9 processor being on par with intel's desktop processors. iOS 9 is also far and away better than any Android version (Kit-Kat, Ice Cream or and other stupid name they had a child come up with.). Apple has always been a leader because it works so well which is why apple usually isn't the first to make dramatic hardware changes but when they do it's always superior to the competition (like the iMac 5K). I understand that you have Apple envy since you are poor and can't afford a premium device like the iPhone 6s ;)

17. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Yeah 5.5 inch and it's a huge.. my note 4 has a slight bigger screen but yet smaller then the iPhone plus.. looking to get a 6p or Z5 premium.. Aplease needs to minimize the iPhone plus.. I know they can but that will be iphone 8 lol..

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I like the title. If it was Android it would be adoption rates have dropped from previous generation and the media would slowly make it look like it bombed hard. Yet with the iPhone, they spin doctor the crap out of it to maintain momentum. Android needs more sheep spinning everything positive if they want to compete. Get on it Google. Try a more cult like strategy. Where is papasmurf and ninety six? Are they ready for the first time ever a new gem iPhone won't outsell the previous one? Good times!

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No Android does not need sheep. The reason Android as a hardware and software platform is leagues ahead of iOS is because it doesn't get babies. Let the. Have their ignorance, it only harms them in the end. I would rather get the real news and get things like larger/better screens, better cameras, better storage, better build quality, etc. years ahead of the competition than get fed BS for years.

5. SnakeBoyVincentLiu

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Love my iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus :)

8. iMichael unregistered

I love my iPhone 6s too. Innovative stuff

30. Z3R091 unregistered

You know what's more innovative? The Edge!

6. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Even after a week no stores have the iPhone 6S plus in stock. Not because their selling like hotcakes; because the stores never got them. So of course the regular 6s is outselling the Plus model. Something tells me that Apple did this on purpose to sell more tablets especially the mini 4 and the iPad Pro.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't understand how Apple, who makes one phone always has stocking problems, yet Samsung who releases probably 20 models a year and sell 300M a year doesn't. Now it seems that the Edge models have some stocking problems because of the fancy glass that is much harder to make in huge amounts at a time. But that is due to its very unique design. Apple's phones dont have a unique design. So it seems all Apple has to do is spend some of that $200BN in horded cash and get more factories online to stamp out more devices, if their demand is that high.\ I think Apple is simply trying to control the demand. What happens is, they know the vast majority of people who want this model aren't going to get it, because if they don't buy it within 6 months, it wont do any good to buy it afterwards because the next model will be appearing. So the 40M people who dont get this phone, created the demand all over again for the next model.

36. it360inc

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

The same reason it takes 20-30 minutes to get a meal at a good restaurant made with fresh ingredients and 20-30 seconds to get a Big Mac at McDonalds. Samsung is the fast food of Smartphones.

10. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

The iPhone bigger size hype is over.... Samsung forever dominants the phablet market. The Plus catagory in Apple's line up was a one hit wonder... Js.

11. carlemillward unregistered

I know of people who got the 6S just because their was not enough 6S Plus available. If I am not mistaken, they are having yield issues for the Plus's display backlight.

13. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

True that. My carrier got one 16gig 6s + delivered to each store around my state and I'm guessing around the country and this was release day. I read many comments about people complaining about not getting theirs on the first day asap, many an angry customer lol.

12. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Well you either want an iphone or a bigger iphone. Most people i know like it because it's smaller and don't want a bigger phone.

14. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm getting one, a 6s Plus, I'm a HUGE android fan but I need variety. I'll still have my Note 3 on Verizon though, got to have my interwebs!

19. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I want to upgrade to 6s Plus Black from 6gold 32 but I have a jailbroken iphone. I have lots of tweaks that I like including livephotos. The only things that is encouraging me to upgrade are the 5mp front cam and the 12mp back cam with OIS. Other than that, I don't want the pink color just to show I have a new iPhone. I like jailbreak and I like my ecosystem. I lots of movies and music on HD from iTunes. No, I don't hate android, I'm just happy where I am now and i'm happy with how everything is in my multimedia system.

23. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

That's the issue with sticking with jailbroken Apple devices. No guarantees that newer iOS versions will get it. I've seen people go months without upgrading iOS in order to keep their jailbreak. To me it defeats the entire purpose of owning a iDevice; obtaining new updates quickly. If you like to tinker the Nexus devices are much better. So far they have never blocked root access or locked down bootloaders. My issue with Nexus devices is that it's very easy to become a crack flasher. The need to find that perfect rom is to great.

20. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I'm rocking a 64gb 6 plus. I'm only upgrading because I want the new cameras.

22. Shocky unregistered

Just goes to show, iPhone users are weird. iPhone 6s Plus would my choice if I was iOS inclined.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I got mine.

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