iPhone preorders may beat records; iPad Pro supply could be limited

— 12:26 PM on September 14, 2015

In a conversation with CNBC, an Apple representative revealed the company's expectations for iPhone 6S pre-orders. Though it didn't reveal exact pre-order sales numbers,  Apple says it's on track to beat last year's first-weekend sales record of 10 million units, and some CNBC contributing analysts are forecasting roughly 12 million sold when the devices become available on September 25.

Apple says the "exceptionally strong" demand for the bigger-screened 6S Plus exceeded its own predictions, and it's "working to catch up as quickly as [it] can." Demand seems to be especially strong in China: the company's Chinese website is showing a two- to three-week wait time for the iPhone 6S, and three to four for the 6S Plus.

Meanwhile, it seems that supplies of Apple's new Surface iPad Pro tablet could be somewhat constrained. Digitimes is reporting the sole supplier for the iPad Pro's screen right now is Sharp, a fact which the site says will limit Q4 shipments of the 12.9" slab to between 2.5 and 3 million units. More screens for the big iPad will purportedly come from LG and Samsung, but LG will apparently "only be able to supply a small volume starting in November," while Samsung will only begin supplying panels sometime in 2016.

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