'Late' iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Being Delivered Early

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple seems to be catching up on iPhone 5 pre-orders faster than they had previous estimated. We've received a number of tips that iPhone 5 pre-orders that were originally estimated to be delivered in early October are being shipped now with a delivery date of September 27th.


    Apple had originally "sold out" of their initial batch of iPhone 5 devices within the first hour of sales and went on to sell 2 million devices in the first 24 hours. iPhone 5 delivery estimates remain at 3-4 weeks out at Apple's online store.

    The iPhone 5 retail launch seems to have been relatively smooth, bringing praise from analysts.
    Apple may announce iPhone 5 sales numbers on Monday. Last year, Apple announced 4 million iPhone 4S sales on the opening weekend.

    Article Link: 'Late' iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Being Delivered Early
  2. marioguarneros macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2011
    I didn't preorder and I managed to get two from the Apple store in Glasgow. =) there should be lots of stock I guess.
  3. Ieo macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
    I ordered at 2pm central time on the 14th....was originally quoted for the 5th, shipped out today and scheduled for the 28th. 64gb black AT&T.


    Also, it's shipping UPS instead of Fedex.
  4. vvf3ng macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2012
  5. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I ordered at 1:30AM Pacific on the 14th and was quoted 5 October. Went to Preparing to Ship as of yesterday and as of today it's on it's way from China with a planned delivery of 27 September.
  6. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
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  7. Frannie macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2010
    NE OH
    My story is identical, except that mine was ordered at 5:30-ish EDT.
  8. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    I got the Sep 27 email this morning, and I didn't order until 7:30 PDT on the 14th. Delivery via UPS as well.
  9. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I ordered at ~4:30am CST on the 14th, just got the shipping email. Says the 28th for delivery.
  10. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    ...or else a lot of preorders were cancelled, due to people either being able to get a phone in store on the first day, or changing their minds (maybe as a result of the discussions about scratching?)...
  11. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    I had an order scheduled for Oct21-26 that I cancelled early this morning.

    Figured I could find one in a store before then.

    Also, with scuff-gate I wanted to see the unit for myself before accepting.

    Now just waiting for my ATT upgrade status to refresh itself and I'll go shopping.
  12. CDutch macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
  13. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Its giving all the signs of hype building - "limited stock" and "first come first serve" were used a lot. However most Apple Stores had PLENTY of stock, and the only reason people couldnt get one in a majority was due to the shop closing.

    I tried my local one (Watford, Herts, UK) this morning - there was a queue of people with tickets and I was turned away. Phoned at mid day, they had all models in stock. Went over there about half past 1, picked up a 16gig white. Spoke to the rep there and she said they had about 15 palets of them. Given how small the packaging, there must be at least 1000 of them per pallet.

    I spoke to my local 'Three' shop however, and they were estimating October 2nd for pre-orders. Phoned Three's main phoneline and they said October 10th. Yet you can walk into any Apple store today and pick one up. The stupid thing is that in the UK, it works out BETTER to go on contract for the first time ever. Three are doing a plan that works out under £100 more than buying the phone outright and being on a £10/mo contract.
  14. gadget123 macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Sim free or contract?

    Well i hope Apple do catch up. Mines says early October but no word of the date being fixed or getting it quicker...ordered 15th STILL October! :eek:
  15. Romanesq macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003
    catching up

    The signals were there they were getting preorders out hour by hour.
    So with a 6:00 EDT am order on 14th scheduled for October 5th is now making progress like others.

    Since last night "Preparing for Shipment," but expect it will join others soon when it catches a plane.

    Probably makes delivery later in the week. An improvement and Apple will likely learn a lot from this supply chain experience. :cool:
  16. makingdots, Sep 22, 2012
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  17. Ganesha macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2009
    Or Apple/Foxconn is making it's Chinese factory workers work overtime.
  18. thasan macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
    Eh, everything is pretty much twice as fast. Where did you get it?
  19. OSXpert macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2002
    New York / New York
  20. ginwrak macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    I think this may well be the case. Working OT.
  21. JWY80 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2012
    Curious that should be so...

    I ordered directly from Apple around 4:45AM EST on Friday, so only an hour or so after the initial batch had sold out. I have received no notification of shipment so far. :confused: Could this be a difference between the Verizon and AT&T phones? Mine is an AT&T model.
  22. foobarbaz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2007
    A bunch of online pre-orders will typically be cancelled, as people successfully pick up a phone in a store on launch day rather than wait two more weeks. Others move up the queue. I think that happens on every launch. Not much to report.
  23. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  24. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    I have to agree. At this point, does anyone actually believe Apple doesn't know that they need MILLIONS in stock ready to ship?
  25. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Must be cancellations (mapping uncertainty?).

    There's no way they'd be able to ramp up volumes this quickly... but cancellation would bring forward other people's delivery dates.

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