This year, Apple included China in its first wave, along with the U.S. and 11 other markets. (Besides the PRC, the other new-in-2015 market was New Zealand.)
In fact, most analysts -- who had predicted sales in the 12 million to 13 million range for the iPhone 6S/6S Plus opening -- had based their higher-than-2014 forecasts largely on the basis of the earlier launch in China.
Currently, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are backordered in the six markets -- the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Japan and the U.K. -- monitored by the iPhone 6S Pre-Order Tracker, which scrapes Apple's online stores to determine the models, storage configurations and carrier options that are backordered, and by how long.
As of Monday, the tracker listed delays between new orders and shipping that ranged from one to four weeks, depending on the model, color and storage allotment.
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