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Apple's iPhone 5 Pre-order Shipping Estimates Slip to Two Weeks

Just an hour after pre-orders for the iPhone 5 went live, Apple Store shipping estimates for new pre-orders have already slipped to two weeks in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, and Australia. Once transit times are accounted for, users pre-ordering now may not receive their iPhones until nearly two weeks after the official launch date of September 21.

Customers may still be able to receive launch-day delivery by ordering through their carriers. AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are listing 9/21 delivery dates at the time of this posting -- but those dates may not immediately reflect available stock.

Customers may also still purchase the iPhone 5 on September 21st by going to a retail location. Apple is opening retail stores at 8 a.m. that day for the launch. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint stores are likely to have availability of the iPhone 5 as well on that day.

Last year, it took about 22 hours to sell out of the pre-order launch day stock for the iPhone 4S.

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84 months ago
This is Tim Cook

Rating: 72 Votes
84 months ago
What a disappointing phone.

Rating: 52 Votes
84 months ago
"Apple is doomed because new iPhone is the same as old iPhone".......

First batch sells out in one hour in the middle of the night.
Rating: 51 Votes
84 months ago
That's scary. I'm glad I stayed up and ordered when I did. Whew!!
Rating: 23 Votes
84 months ago
No surprise. They're selling like hotcakes!

Rating: 22 Votes
84 months ago

This is Apple creating the illusion that its super popular, and demand outweighs the supply. Meaning that they all sold out in the first hour means they limited the stocks to create this. Kudos to Tim Cook, he is a sales guy.

No, Cook is an operations guy. If anything, his tendency would be to have plenty of stock. You make money selling product, not illusions.

Rating: 21 Votes
84 months ago
If I recall correctly, it took the 4S until morning or afternoon time to start to slip. This release is going to be massive!
Rating: 17 Votes
84 months ago
wow three words! - THAT $ H ! T CRAY!!!
Rating: 15 Votes
84 months ago

No surprise. They're selling like hotcakes!


I think if you go to a restaurant and sales are good, they now say that hotcakes are selling like iPhones.
Rating: 14 Votes
84 months ago

Chuck Norris can still order the phone and get it on the 21st!!

chuck norris ordered tomorrow and got it yesterday.
Rating: 12 Votes

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