Apple's launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus this Thursday got an overwhelming response across India. All major stores remained opened at midnight as most Apple fans stood in long queues at the dead of the night to get their hands on the device.
All major mobile distributors like Mobile Stores, iStore and many others outlets had started pre-booking for both the devices a week in advance. Following the decent response of pre-registered devices, people stood in queues to buy their own iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
Ingram Micro, one of the major distributors of Apple devices in India stated that the latest iPhone is being retailed from 1,200 locations across India. In keeping with the huge demand, the retailers kept their shops open past midnight.
Several buyers got disappointed as stocks ran out; however, a few lucky ones got the device. Many others had to turn to the grey market to get the phone.
On Wednesday and Thursday police raided several grey mobile phone trading store and seized a few handsets.
According to sources, Apple had shipped close to 55,000 devices to meet the demand. Fresh stocks are likely to arrive by Monday to meet the huge demand during the pre-Diwali season, a major festival time in India.
Several stores have stopped pre-booking for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus until the fresh stocks arrive in India.
Apple wasn't able to meet the demand during last year's high buzz release of iPhone 5s and 5c. The manufacturer had sent only 20,000 devices at that time, which got sold out within minutes of the launch.
The latest iPhone6 is priced at ₹53,500, ₹62,500 and₹71,500 for 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. And the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at ₹62,500 for 16GB model, ₹71,500 for 64GB model and ₹80,500 for the new 128GB model.