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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders go live, with some models delayed

There has been something of a mixed reaction (opens in new tab) to Apple's new handsets – although that's nothing new – but if you're one of the crowd who are keen to own an iPhone 6, then you'll be pleased to know that pre-orders have just gone live.

Yes, you can now reserve your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on Apple's online store (opens in new tab). The 4.7in iPhone 6 starts from £539 for the basic 16GB model, and the phablet 6 Plus starts from £619 for the same memory capacity.

The new handsets go on sale a week today, 19 September, and currently when you reserve your pre-order, the Apple site states that in the case of the base models of both iPhones, they will be delivered on 19 September "in most areas". That's also the ship date for the 4.7in iPhone with 128GB of storage.

However, if you want the 4.7in iPhone 6 with 64GB on board, a wait of seven to ten working days is listed. And there's a longer delay with the bigger sizes of the iPhone 6 Plus, namely the 64GB and 128GB options – they won't ship for three to four weeks, apparently.

Related: Why the iPhone 6 is hugely unimpressive: The iPhone 6 Plus steals its thunder (opens in new tab)

We had heard there might be stock shortages with the phablet, so this isn't a surprise. Apple appears to have concentrated efforts on the cheaper 16GB base version of the iPhone 6 Plus, figuring that's where most people's money will go.

If you want one of the pricier, bigger storage phablets next week, you'll have to get down to a bricks-and-mortar Apple store, and start queuing with all the others (yes, the lines started forming earlier this week in London (opens in new tab), and way before the phone was even revealed in New York (opens in new tab)).

Read more: Our first impressions of the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch (opens in new tab)

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.