\r\n\r\nNumbers are always a game, but not everyone plays the same. Unlike Amazon and Samsung, when Apple claims record iPhone 6 preorders, Tim Cook and Cupertino crew back it with data. On Friday, Apple said overnight preorders hit a new record and now the company has put a number on that.\r\n\r\n"iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do," said Tim Cook in a statement. "Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can\u2019t wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday."\r\n\r\nMore than four million iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 preorders in the first 24 hours. That is none too shabby.\r\n\r\nThe previous first 24 hour preorder record was set by the iPhone 5 in 2012.\r\n\r\niPhone 6 Preorder Availability\r\nApple will begin delivering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus orders this Friday, September 19. That said, a number of folks who preordered are reporting that Apple has notified them that product has already shipped.\r\n\r\nIn previous years, iPhone preorders have arrived up to two days ahead of the official launch day.\r\n\r\nFirst round countries are the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will then ship to more than 20 additional countries \u2014 Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates \u2014 beginning on Friday, September 26.\r\n\r\nAn interesting aside? China was supposed to be among the first group of countries to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, China isn't listed among the above and it's believe that's entirely down to the Chinese government throwing their weight around\u2026\r\n\r\nWhat's that about?