Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available.
Police in New Haven, Connecticut said fights broke out among customers believed to be rival groups of Chinese men and women who were apparently trying to buy as many iPhones as possible to resell them at a significant mark-up in China.
Three people were arrested, one of whom suffered a small cut to his forehead and was treated in hospital.
“Store managers have phoned several times to report fights and ill-behaved line waiters,” the New Haven Police Department said in a statement.
In Sydney Australia one woman cried and literally fought police over people cutting in line.
And in fact it’s being said that most the people waiting in lines now are actually trying to resell the phones at a profit because they’re hard to get now.
Apple said last week that many U.S. customers would have to wait until next month for their new iPhones due to strong demand. The company routinely faces iPhone supply constraints, particularly in years that involve a re-design.
The new iPhones will be available in 20 more countries on Sept. 26, Apple said.