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AirTag pre-orders only went live on Friday, but some customers who placed orders have already seen those orders shift over to "preparing to ship" status over the course of the weekend.

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Orders that are preparing to ship are no longer able to be canceled, and soon those orders should be able to be tracked using methods like UPS My Choice and track by reference number in the United States. The first customers who ordered on Friday will see their devices arriving on Friday, April 30.

Priced at $29 each or $99 for a four pack, users can attach an AirTag to things like a wallet, keys, purse, or backpack and then keep track of the item's location in the Find My app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Initial supplies of AirTags‌ began to dwindle in the first hours that pre-orders opened on Apple's website – shipping estimates for single AirTags quickly slipped into May, while engraved ‌AirTags‌ won't deliver until late May or early June.

As of writing, 1-pack AirTag orders without engraving are listed as shipping within five to seven business days in the U.S., while engraved AirTags ship within five to six weeks. Meanwhile, a 4-pack of AirTags ships within five to six weeks with or without engraving.

Third-party retailers are also offering ‌AirTags‌ and it's possible orders could ship out close to the ‌AirTag‌ release date. Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini in a new purple color also began on Friday. Many configurations still remain available for April 30 delivery.

Article Link: First AirTag Orders Shift to 'Preparing to Ship' Ahead of April 30 Launch
 

_Spinn_

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Ordered a 4 pack 3 minutes after launch and my non-engraved AirTags just moved to Preparing to Ship. My Belkin key holder is still Processing.
 

LFC2020

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Placed my order this morning in Australia, still processing order, hopefully still on track for the 30th. ?

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LogicalApex

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Looks like they are prioritizing in store availability by me. Delivery is into may or later, but every Apple store in the Philadelphia, PA area has 4/30 pickup still available for single and four packs.
 

shadow2209

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I ordered a 4 pack on friday in the swiss store 2mins after the preorder started and already got my trackingnumber on saturday morning saying delivery on tuesday. But as we all know they will be held back till friday.
 

uuee6543

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I ordered my 4 pack with engravings and it is getting delivered on Friday the 30th. Also went into preparing for shipping an hour after I places the order (which was in the first two minutes of Airtag availability).
Not sure where their estimates come from but in the UK you can still get them fairly soon with engravings.
 

phr0z3n

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Mine just arrived in Osaka, Japan; shipped from China.
US resident here, sounds like they got a long journey over the ocean next!
 

MTShipp

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My two orders of 4 are both preparing to ship. Unfortunately, in my bid to save a little money, my keychains from Amazon now show delivery between May 17th-June 11th. Can't rush $2 keychains... :)
 

dirtylilhobo

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Made my order within five minutes of being able to do so. The four pack air tags engraved were to be delivered the first week of May. The key tag fobs deliver April 30. Nothing yet showing preparing to ship...
 

ZeebUK

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Mar 20, 2009
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Mine showing as preparing to ship too... just as long as they don't go missing like my last order from Tile... the irony of not being able to find your trackers, lost in transit...
 
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Bazooka-joe

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In the U.K. mine still still says “preparing to ship” although the new Nike watch bands have now shipped with a Thursday delivery date so I would imagine that the air tags are sat in the UK in Leicestershire and the status won’t change until Wednesday or Thursday
 
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webbuzz

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My engraved AirTag arrived in Osaka an hour and a half ago.
 
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Davidglenn

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I ordered a four pack within the first five minutes of orders being opened. Mine are being engraved and set for delivery 7th May. Which I consider reasonable considering they are being personalised with engraving.
 
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