Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus saw pre-orders in the millions last week, and given the ease of online check-out these days, you forget what a mammoth operation it is actually getting the devices to doorsteps.
A pilot has posted a picture of a haul of 195,000 iPhones he flew out of China on Monday, one of 20 – 30 loads of the new smartphone coming out of the country daily, he estimates.
They are tightly packed into cargo holds, with this batch weighing about 256,000 pounds and being worth between £105,105,000 (if they're all lowest cost iPhones 6s) and £153,855,000 (if they're all highest prices 6 Pluses)
MacRumors users goforblacksky wrote on the forum:
"Yep, that's what I do. I fly stuff. Privileged to be a small part of the Apple supply chain. Just landed a 747 full of iPhone 6's in Anchorage. Another crew will take the airplane on to Chicago. It'll be on the ground at O'hare about 9am Sept. 15. I gave it a little extra gas coming over the Pacific, just to get them here a little quicker. You're welcome."
When another user suggested 195,000 wasn't going to meet the demand, he added: "Believe me, this is not the only airplane hauling them Apples. I'm guessing about 20 - 30 heavy's a day coming out of China with just iPhones for this launch."
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