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Early iPhone 4S Shipment Notices, Delivery Still Likely on 14th


There have been several reports of readers getting ship notices for their early iPhone 4S pre-orders. These orders are starting to show up in UPS tracking databases with expected delivery dates ahead of the iPhone 4S launch date of October 14th.

Apple has in the past, however, coordinated with carriers to hold delivery until official product launch days, and it is likely the company will do so again for iPhone 4S. So, even with early shipment notifications, it's likely that most customers won't receive them until the 14th -- though there are occasional exceptions.

Readers are organizing in our iPhone forums to discuss their upcoming deliveries. Those who want to compare their tracking status changes can do so in these carrier specific threads: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and International. Meanwhile, if you are desperate to find your tracking number as soon as possible, one poster provides a tip that may provide you that information if your shipment has already moved to "Preparing for shipment".

The iPhone 4S has already sold out of the initial pre-order stock, so if you haven't ordered yet, your only chance of picking one up on launch day is to stand in line. Apple Retail stores will open at 8:00 a.m. on October 14th to sell the iPhone 4S on a first come, first serve basis.

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42 months ago
Next year, we'll get to say: "Siri, when is my iPhone5 arriving?"
Rating: 10 Votes
42 months ago
The "one poster" is me. I got featured in a MacRumors article!! This is awesome!!
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42 months ago

Next year, we'll get to say: "Siri, when is my iPhone5 arriving?"


Hmm. I wonder if it will go something like this:

You: "Siri, when is my iPhone5 arriving?"

Siri: "I heard: ~cancel my iPhone5 order~"

You: "No no Siri, ~WHEN~ is my iPhone5 arriving?"

Siri: "Confirmed. Order Cancelled. You didn't need a new phone. Don't you love me anymore?"

You: "..."
Rating: 10 Votes
42 months ago

Will the phone work if we get it early?


No. There is an internal timer that goes off at 10 AM Cupertino time.

Silly. Of course it will work
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago
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42 months ago
Just checked.. mine says 'preparing for shipment', which sounds like an intermediate phase between processing and shipment. I think everything is green lighted for Friday delivery.

I should mention that I ordered direct from Apple as well, I prefer not to deal with at&t any more than I have to.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago
And now it's showing having left 15 minutes ago. It's on the way! "Shenzhen, China 10/10/2011 1:50 P.M. Departure Scan"
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago

Hmm. I wonder if it will go something like this:

You: "Siri, when is my iPhone5 arriving?"

Siri: "I heard: ~cancel my iPhone5 order~"

You: "No no Siri, ~WHEN~ is my iPhone5 arriving?"

Siri: "Confirmed. Order Cancelled. You didn't need a new phone. Don't you love me anymore?"

You: "..."


Don't trust Siri, the cake is a lie!
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago

I ordered Friday morning and it still says "Preparing for shipment". :mad: Apple Store still says "Delivers by Oct 14", but the suspense is killing me. I don't know how it will get here from China on the 14th if they don't ship it today.


Don't worry mine is in the same boat, I called Apple today and they said all phones that are in this state will be shipped today and still get here on Friday.
Rating: 1 Votes
42 months ago
AT&T White 64GB. Ordered on Friday Oct. 7th around 3PM from the Apple Store, confirmation e-mail received (for the purchase order) around 5PM.

Status is still showing "Preparing for shipment". It has been showing this for at least the last couple of days. Does anyone have confirmation of white phones being shipped? It seems that since iPhone4, the white phones are harder to obtain.
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