iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release date: preorders, price, AT&T vs Verizon

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date are upon us – but even with that particular question now answered by Apple, numerous questions still remain. Is it wise at this point to place a preorder, or to plan on getting in line at a retail store on launch day? Is AT&T or Verizon the best iPhone 6 option at this point? And with such a dizzying array of new iPhone models, what are the various price points? We tackle all of the above…

First, the iPhone 6 starts at $199 for the 16GB model on Verizon and AT&T, increasing to $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB. The larger iPhone 6 Plus steps up a hundred dollars for each model: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB. As for which of the two carriers is preferable, that depends on a few factors. AT&T has modestly reduced its pricing for most of its plans over the past year, making it somewhat of a value play. But Verizon still has the top rated network, and is further ahead in 4G LTE rollout. Still, the most important factor is how well each carrier performs in your house, the places you visit most often, and the routes in between.

Preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have reached a combined four million already, and those placing their orders now – particularly for the Plus, which appears to be under manufacturing constraint – will face significant delays in shipping and arrival. Those who want their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus now should plan on getting in line at an Apple Store for the retail release date, which of course is this Friday, September 19th.