Apple Again Dominating Shipping Capacity Out of China Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 6 and its much-rumored iWatch at its September 9 event, TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company has once again booked a high amount of shipping space out of China. The company's shipping volume is reportedly so high that it's begun displacing competitors' attempts at shipping during the fall.

Apple shipments via major concerns like FedEx and UPS are said to be ‘unprecedented’ for the holiday quarter, pointing to a massive number of iPhones and whatever other devices Apple announces for the fall season. The company is apparently flooding its channels with devices, causing shipments for other ‘top tier’ device makers to be delayed to make way for Apple products.
Competing manufacturers have apparently been told by shipping companies that they cannot fulfill their deadlines because they were being booked by a "very important customer", which is likely to be Apple.

Last year, a report indicated that Apple begins moving new iPhones from Foxconn and Pegatron factories to distribution centers around the world through shipping companies with extra security detail. Once they're in distribution centers, Apple begins managing the flow of the devices to the people who want them based on device color and size.

Such impact on the shipping industry is not unusual for Apple, as MacRumors reported in 2012 that Apple had been buying up shipping space in high volume in advance of the launch of the iPad 3, also moving them to distribution centers around the world before its official launch while leaving competitors to scramble for cargo space.

Ahead of Apple's September 9 event, it's highly likely iPhone 6 models are stealthily being moved across the world, ready for deployment as soon as orders begin. MacRumors has heard that shipments are indeed beginning now for staging in the United States.

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71 months ago

FEDEX - Once you see the arrow, you cannot unsee it!
Rating: 42 Votes
71 months ago
I wonder what it's like to have this much power.
Rating: 35 Votes
71 months ago

Can't wait for the event! I'm an Android user (love my G2) but first and foremost a Mac user. :)

It's now more than ever the time to switch to iPhone! Yosemite's new features and iOS 8 new features are worth it
Rating: 32 Votes
71 months ago
Hopefully people that want one won't have to stand in line for a long time on day 1.
Rating: 16 Votes
71 months ago
It's a great time for AAPL share holders.
Rating: 16 Votes
71 months ago

I'd just like to remind everyone the pilots HATE flying these things over. Imagine the risk of fire with 200,000 iphones packed with hazardous lithium batteries!

Nah, the worst part is having to open each box to make sure they're turned off for take-off. ;)
Rating: 15 Votes
71 months ago

Every other year, we would have a complete working phone leaked by now.

Tim sent all the engineers to AA in the last year so no going to bars.
Rating: 11 Votes
71 months ago
We're seeing Tim Cook's supply chain powers at its finest.
Rating: 10 Votes
71 months ago
It amazes me how one company can literally bring multiple very large international third-party companies to its knees with demand (ie UPS/FedEx).

I bet FedEx flew out US and other country-based aircraft to China to help distribute supplies. I wouldn't doubt if 1 FedEx plane takes off every 15 minutes just for Apple.
Rating: 9 Votes
71 months ago

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FEDEX - Once you see the arrow, you cannot unsee it!

What have you done ... you terrible monster.
Rating: 8 Votes

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