We're still recovering from a lack of sleep after waking up in the middle of the night in an effort to place a preorder for the iPhone 6 Plus, and it seems we certainly weren't alone. In addition to that misadventure, Friday's Morning Report also dishes on new LaCie d2 drives and the ability to upload 10GB files to Microsoft SkyDrive. Onward to the news!
Apple Vexes Early iPhone 6 Plus Buyers with Long Ship Times
Apparently, people really do want a larger iPhone, judging from the drama would-be buyers of the iPhone 6 Plus endured in the wee hours of Friday morning. Although carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless opened their virtual doors right on schedule at 12:01AM PST, the Apple Online Store was a no-show for the better part of two hours. When it did finally open this morning, many Plus buyers were greeted with a three-to-four week "available to ship" date, particularly for the larger 64GB and 128GB models, regardless of carrier.
iPhone 6 shoppers had much better luck, with inventory for nearly every color, capacity, and carrier available for next Friday, September 19 delivery, or the option to pick it up at an Apple retail store, even as of this writing. It took nearly an hour, but we actually managed to get two iPhone 6 Plus orders placed: One no annual contract device from AT&T's website which is showing an expected shipment date of October 13 to October 22 (?!), and another using an AT&T Next installment plan through the Apple Store app, which proved to be far more reliable than Apple's website for the second year in a row.
Did you manage to get your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus preorder in this morning? Sound off in the comments and share with fellow readers where you had the best luck, or why you're waiting until they hit stores next Friday.
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 Updated with SSD Upgrade Option
Seagate-owned LaCie announced upgrades to its popular d2 Thunderbolt 2 storage line this week, with the 6TB model priced at $499 capable of up to 220MB per second transfer rates. The familiar gray enclosures designed by Neil Poulton start at $299 for 3TB, and also include a 4TB option for $399; LaCie will also offer USB 3.0-only versions in 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB capacities next month.
For real speed freaks, LaCie is also offering a separate 128GB s2 SSD Upgrade, which increases the transfer speeds up to a whopping 1150MB per second using a PCIe add-on. The hybrid storage option will be available in October for an additional $299.
Microsoft OneDrive Now Supports Files Up to 10GB
Following up on more generous free and paid storage plans for OneDrive, Microsoft announced this week that users will now be able to upload larger file sizes as well. Using the desktop apps for Mac or Windows, the OneDrive website, or any of the company's mobile apps, users can now upload massive files up to 10GB in size, rather than the previous 2GB per file limit. Office 365 customers receive 1TB of storage per user, so the ability to store larger file sizes will certainly allow customers to take full advantage of their cloud storage.