iPhone 6 loads are being flown out of China 20-30 times daily / goforblacksky

They're worth at least £100 million

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.

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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."

A view of the inside of the plane shows nothing but iPhones (Picture: goforblacksky)

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."

The iPhone 6 and and its taller brother iPhone 6 Plus arrives on 19 September in three colours: gold, silver an space grey.