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Apple Delays iPhone 3G S Pre-Orders to Prevent Early Delivery?

Several readers are reporting that their potentially early iPhone 3G S shipments are being intentionally delayed by Apple. The actual delivery date may still be early (the 18th) but the information is continuing to change. While originally scheduled for delivery as early as Wednesday, June 17th, many individuals have noted the following message appear on their shipment tracking:

The receiver requested a hold for a future delivery date. UPS will attempt delivery on date requested

Apple has done similar things in the past to time shipments with official launch dates.