So my order has been updated to "Prepared for Shipment." I know that in itself doesn't say anything about a delivery date, but it got me wondering: 1. Has Apple ever announced a "delivers by" date like this before? I've only seen the "available on" or "ships" dates. 2. Is there any historical precedent of Apple delivering this earlier than expected? I know that if the answer to 1 is no then most of the context of my question is negated, but has anyone ever seen an Apple product ship before the expected date? 3. As it says "delivers by," Apple would not be going back on their word to deliver before Friday. What is the value, for Apple, of a bunch of time and effort to ensure that all the new phones are delivered on the same day? Thanks!