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'Late' iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Being Delivered Early

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.
"We are positively surprised regarding the pace of the rollout, since we had expected a bigger impact from component constraints," Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes said.
Apple may announce iPhone 5 sales numbers on Monday. Last year, Apple announced 4 million iPhone 4S sales on the opening weekend.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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21 months ago
Still no Anandtech benchmark news? (http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview)

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The iPhone 5 Performance Preview (anandtech) (http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview)
Rating: 28 Positives
21 months ago

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.


Oh please. This is exactly what it looks like :

- Limit initial pre-order quantities to "sell out quick" and show back log on the website. Continue taking in pre-orders to claim record numbers !
- Lines form on the scare that there's actually a risk of not getting a handset.
- After all the media hype, lines, etc.., release stock for shipping since there's no value in holding back anymore, you've had your free publicity.

People who still don't get these manufactured "shortages" are scary. Maps and scratching have nothing to do with it. Apple will announce record numbers again for this launch. They were ready with record numbers of units pre-manufactured and ready to go.
Rating: 9 Positives
21 months ago
It's funny how when you pre-order anything, you're chances of getting screwed on launch day are 50/50.

On the other hand, if you don't pre-order, and walk into a store on launch day, you're almost guaranteed to get the product.
Rating: 6 Positives
21 months ago
So demand wasn't as strong as expected?
Rating: 5 Positives
21 months ago
Maybe they were late because the courier was using Apple Maps?
Rating: 5 Positives
21 months ago
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.
Rating: 5 Positives
21 months ago
...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?)...
Rating: 5 Positives
21 months ago
Walked straight into the Apple Store NYC 14th Street yesterday at 6pm; all the 16s had gone, they had most of the 32s in both colours, and some of the 64s.

Half hour later I walked out with a lovely black AT&T 32. Absolutely loving the phone so far!

Enjoy your retirement on my 30 pin speakers, dear 3GS. You've been a real friend!
Rating: 4 Positives
21 months ago

Looks like a lot of people will get their damaged black iPhones a lot sooner than expected.


I'm buying a phone,not a fashion accessory.
Not going to abuse it but a few scratches and scuffs won't make me cry.
Rating: 4 Positives
21 months ago

The increased supply probably consists of scuffed returns.


Which is why everyones email states its shipping out of ZhengZhou, China. Apple is shipping all of the scuffed ones to China so they can turn around and ship them right back. :rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Positives

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