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UPS Shows Some iPhone 7 Shipments Bouncing Back and Forth Between U.S. and Asia

An increasing number of customers who ordered the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus have noticed irregular movement on their shipments, as confirmed by multiple tipsters who have contacted us. The peculiar UPS tracking information has also been documented by several Twitter and Reddit users.

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MacRumors reader Daniel G., for example, has seemingly seen his iPhone 7 Plus order move between Shanghai, China and Anchorage, Alaska, only to end up back in China. The shipment even made a brief stop in Osaka, Japan, before heading to Louisville, Kentucky en route to Long Island City in Queens.
My iPhone got stuck in China, was sent to Alaska, sent back to China, and is now in Japan. I called Apple and they noted I am one of several who has called about this issue. I placed my order on September 11th. Original shipping estimate said the 27th to the 29th. This was soon changed to September 19th, and then 20th. Once it was delayed, it said shipping date unknown. Apple said they would look into it and call me back.
Other MacRumors readers said likewise in discussion topics titled "My iPhone is on a travel adventure" and "Waiting for UPS."

Reddit user AlphaAnger, too, shared a nearly identical scenario:
I preordered the iPhone 7 from the Apple website and it shipped out at the beginning of the week. Anyone else's iPhone just taking a tour of China and Korea? My UPS says it just keeps going back and forth between Korea and China with no estimated ship date.
Twitter user Minton, who shared the UPS tracking information pictured above, has seen his iPhone order travel from Zhengzhou, China to Incheon, South Korea to Louisville, Kentucky, at which point it was seemingly sent back to Hong Kong. The entire movement took place within a span of just three days.
Minton is not alone, as several Twitter users have noticed similarly irregular movement on their iPhone orders this week.
In some cases, shipments have moved between the U.S. and Asia in only a few hours, which is unrealistic even when accounting for time zone differences. UPS has allegedly told some customers the irregular movement is related to paperwork, but weather and mechanical issues could also be involved.

Whatever the underlying reason may be, the issue appears to be slowing down iPhone deliveries for at least some customers in the United States. Some customers on Twitter have complained that their new iPhone is "stuck in Korea," while others have vented their frustrations towards UPS's customer service account.

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36 months ago
First thing that came to mind ....

Rating: 12 Votes
36 months ago

Mine was supposed to be delivered tomorrow but got held up at customs in Korea yesterday and hasn't shown any movement since.


Because, Samsung? Maybe the South Koreans are striking a blow to help their home-team.

;):)
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
Oh my god the horror.....
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
don't make me type it! gaaaaaah, too late.....

ship gate.
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
Hit that like button if you just got an apple email for a Saturday delivery
Rating: 7 Votes
36 months ago
The only logical conclusion is that this pilot can't stand to be torn away from his mistress at FoxConn.

To his defense, she's a dime piece.
Rating: 6 Votes
36 months ago
iPhone is being assembled on the fly :D Assembled in China, painted in Hong Kong, packaged in Japan and studied in Korea by Samsung.
Rating: 6 Votes
36 months ago
Mine was rescheduled due to mechanical failure. It turns out that there was a shipment of Galaxy N7's on the same truck which caught on fire, burning the trick down.

I'm sure that they'll send me another one.
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago
Pretty sure this has been documented before and is more to do with time zones and changes than actual movement. Correct me if I'm wrong but seems to happen sometimes each year.
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago

"A Mechanical Failure" in my case... indeed! What the heck??


It's both actually. The X-men visited Incheon and had a big battle with the bad guys. Storm whipped up an instant typhoon and Magneto slammed the bad guy into a UPS plane. Quite simple, really.
Rating: 5 Votes

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