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A lot of my friends are in a similar situation. They have all applied to university but have yet to meet their IELTS requirements. I think it would be easier if you apply now and then do your IELTS test when it is time. I don't do IELTS so I'm not sure how you have to fill it out on your UCAS form but I'm guessing you just have to put your IELTS score as pending.
If your universities decide to give you a place, you will probably get a conditional offer to get for example AAA and 6.5 for IELTS with 6 in every component. If you meet your IELTS requirements in February when you do the test, great but if not, you'll have to repeat your IELTS test until you do. I just think it will be easier if you apply now rather than wait for after you get your IELTS results because you're more likely to get an offer now than later when course places will have almost filled up
Hope this helps! Good luck!