A tiny question about delivery dates

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by profmatt, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    The following facts are indisputably true:

    1. Apple knows how many orders it received on 10th April

    2. Apple knows how many watches they currently have in stock

    3. The Apple Computer Company has access to computers that allow it to calculate things

    4. I got a delivery confirmation timed within the first minute of pre-orders

    So I have one tiny question:

    Why do I not have a firm delivery date yet? Why do I have a two week window?

    (OK, that's two questions.)

    And if they answer is "because they're having problems", why aren't they telling people the truth? (Well, duh, I guess.)
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I don't mean to defend Apple -- I'm a bit annoyed by not having a specific delivery date myself -- but my guess is that they got so many orders at the same time, they don't have a good way of assigning orders to specific delivery dates without assigning orders that have the same order time to different delivery batches. That is, say you and I both placed our orders at 12:02. But your order could arrive on April 24 and mine on May 1. They don't want to pre-advertise this before delivery takes place because that will give people time to compare delivery dates and get mad. Also, not giving people specific delivery dates leaves them leeway to organize batches however they want, like by geographical region, or major urban centers first, or whatever.

    This is, of course, just speculation.
  3. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Because they can do what they want..... it's not like you can go somewhere else and get it, or you're going to cancel your order. Blunt, but true :)
  4. SixtyK macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2013
    Oh my holy God, will all of you please just stop? The watch isn't even out yet...
  5. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Maybe it's because it's a tightly-run delivery chain and if one thing happens along the way, it could delay delivery.
  6. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I think the simplest answer is that Apple doesn't ship the devices, the logistics company they outsource to does, so only that logistics company can give you a firm delivery date. Apple can't make promises for that company. You'll get a firm delivery date once Apple has fed their inventory and buyer data into the shipping company's database and they've printed a shipping label for you.


    In what way do you feel you've been lied to so far?
  7. sb22 macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2012
    I know right? Thought I'd seen it all til now
  8. rossy100 macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2011
    or maybe point 2 is incorrect....... Apple don't yet know exactly how many units are coming in to stock. If rumoured production issues are true, but are improving, then they probably have a range of potential stock availability, which then impacts the delivery schedules.
  9. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Time machine: If these are facts we must be in 2007.:eek::D
  10. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I agree. People should just chill out regards the delivery dates and be patient When they are ready for delivery and have been shipped we will all be notified.
  11. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    My main guess is that there was a production delay (maybe even software), and thus Apple don't actually know how many units are going to be out of the factory in time for launch day deliveries.

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