Want to Pre-order iPhone 6? Try the iPad Apple Store App

Apple's iPhone 6 preorder event got off to a rough start Friday morning. The company's online Apple Store remained inaccessible to everyone for the first 30 minutes, and hit and miss for would-be customers for at least another half hour after that. Some people did report placing orders, however, and many of them appeared to be through Apple's iPad Apple Store apps.

Here's one lucky customer's confirmation screen:


"Thank you."

That order was placed through Apple's iPad Apple Store app, and TMO's Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro were also successful in ordering iPhone 6 models through that app, too. All three of those orders were either at-home deliveries or in-store pickups on September 19th, which is launch day.

Here's what an in-store pickup order looks like, in case you're one of the everyone else who hasn't been able to get one:



No one has yet reported a successful order through Apple's iPhone Apple Store app.

Customers in the U.S. can also try ordering from the AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint online stores, but their availability is at least 2-3 weeks out, well after Apple's launch day. Apple typically reserves almost all of its launch-day inventory for its own stores.

T-Mobile said on its website that it will begin taking preorders later on Friday.

In the meanwhile, Apple's Web store remains down as of this writing. This reporter is going to take a nap.