Apple has pushed back the shipping date of iPhone 5 by 3-5 weeks according to the official website. The new iPhone was unveiled on 12 September at San Francisco by the US smartphone manufacturer. The delivery time for pre-order customers was slated to be 2-3 weeks prior to the purchase, but only after two days of pre-orders Apple has pushed the shipping date to 3-5 weeks.
The initial shipments will not arrive until Apple has launched the device in another 22 countries by the end of this month. The official carriers of Apple iPhone 5 are advertising availability of the smartphone by September 21, but all the three variants are listed available in 3-4 weeks.
The above shipping estimates are for countries like US, Canada, and Australia. Europe consumers will have a shorter wait time as stores in the UK, France and Germany are listing availability of 2-3 weeks, but that could change if the pre-orders continue their trend.
The pre-orders of iPhone 5 have broken all previous sales records of the iPhone history. Talking about the magnitude of the sales, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior Vice President of worldwide marketing said, “iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal.”
Apple’s retail stores are planning to sell the new iPhone from this Friday, but according to some reports, long lines outside the stores have already started to appear. Apple’s iPhone 5 is scheduled to be launched in nine countries this week followed by 22 more countries on September 28.
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