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Apr 12, 2001

Apple began accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone SE on Friday morning, and hours later, delivery estimates for the device have slipped to the first week of May in the United States for any color, storage, and carrier combination.


The new iPhone SE remains available for Friday, April 24 launch day delivery in some other countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom.

While the extended shipping estimates could be interpreted as a sign of strong demand, there is simply no way of knowing how many iPhone SE units that Apple stockpiled before announcing the device, especially since the global health crisis significantly disrupted the company's supply chain in February and part of March.

The new iPhone SE can be pre-ordered on in the United States and more than 40 other countries and regions. Pricing starts at $399 for 64GB of storage, with 128GB and 256GB options available for $449 and $549 respectively.

The second-generation iPhone SE has a similar design as the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button, but it has a faster A13 Bionic chip. Other features of the device include a single-lens 12-megapixel Wide rear camera with Portrait mode support, wireless charging, IP67-rated water resistance, and Wi-Fi 6.

Article Link: New iPhone SE Delivery Estimates Slip to Early May


macrumors newbie
Apr 17, 2020
My order didn't change the delivery date so far, it still says Apr. 24th. I'm in the US BTW.

It seems I cannot check my history orders right now, don't know if it's related.

Edit: get it wrong... I guess I should feel lucky to put an order early :)
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macrumors G5
Jun 12, 2012
Obviously it is a combo of the current global situation, but to think it also doesn't have a lot to do with demand would be ignoring the writing on the wall.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 30, 2014
National Capital Region
I think it is going to be a huge seller, but the push in shipping is kind of meaningless since we don't know how many Apple has stockpiled.
Those are fighting words to the acolytes in here, Azentrropy. But you nailed it.
They would have had a multiplier effect if they had used the classical body of the original SE with refreshed internals.
But Cook knows best, of course.
His spreadsheet running on an iPad (not a Mac, because who needs a computer?) told him so!/s
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macrumors Westmere
Jul 12, 2016
This is even more interesting because Apple typically has to send a large portion to thousands of carrier stores around the country. They don't now - so Apple online likely has even higher supply than previous launches.

Excellent point. So this would be straight warehouse inventory that we’re seeing back ordered. And I can’t speak for every demographic, but we have 25+ carrier stores in my region that are closed. (Actually Since March 10).
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Sep 13, 2008
Portland, OR
Most likely a UPS freight capacity issue due to reduced flights.

If you look at China, Japan, Australia, SE2 delivery dates are still before end of April.

UPS has not reduced freight capacity. In fact, UPS has plenty of spare capacity.

Maybe next time do some basic research instead of speculating.
I'm having a hard time figuring out why someone would want this phone. It's less expensive, sure, but it's also smaller, etc... *shrug*

Here we go again. Making assmptions about OTHER people's needs and desires based on your OWN needs and desires.
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