The word is out on the Street about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: they're awesome. And the word is also out about how you can get one. You can't.
Certainly, every carrier was out of the new, larger smartphones while they were still on pre-order. My own iPhone 6 Plus, ordered earlier this week from Sprint (S), is scheduled for delivery in four to six weeks, though having worked in electronics sales, I'm confidently translating that to mean “we have no idea.”
But is it, in fact, possible to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus today without a pre-oder? Here is my recently conducted non-scientific poll. Results in your area may differ from those here in Charlottesville, VA.
Best Buy (BBY) plays a recorded message saying that it is unable to provide inventory levels of iPhone 6 or 6 Plus over the phone.
Walmart (WMT) hasn't received the shipment of iPhone 6s that they were expecting, and they will not be carrying the iPhone 6 Plus, which seems odd.
Radio Shack (RSH) also hasn't received the shipment it was expecting. Charlottesville, VA? Anyone? It's pretty easy to find on a map…
When I called Staples (SPLS), I got a pre-recorded message that had something to do with Katy Perry. Then there was an interminable hold time involving infernal piano music, interrupted every 30 seconds or so by the announcement that my call would answered momentarily. I suppose I might have concluded from this that that everyone was too busy selling iPhones to answer the phone, but for some reason, I jumped to a different conclusion. When my call was finally answered, it was by someone who had apparently never heard of the iPhone 6. They have none in the store, but would I like them to check the warehouse? No, that won't be necessary.
Dismissing Best Buy's lame “maybe,” the answer to “Can I get an iPhone 6 today?” is a highly qualified yes. The answer to “Can I get an iPhone 6 Plus today?” is an almost certain no.
The answer to the most important question, “Is Apple (AAPL) selling the **** out of their new iPhones,” the answer seems to be an emphatic yes. AAPL stock is trading at just over $100 today; it still looks to me as though it will be at least 20% higher by the end of the year.
Julian Close has been a business writer since the first day of the twenty-first century, having written for PRA International and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. He became a stockbroker in 1993, but now works for Fresh Brewed Media and uses his powers only for good. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.