A number of lucky customers who pre-ordered the iPhone 4S on Friday, October 7, are already receiving shipping notices to say that their devices on the way — 4 days before the device is scheduled to launch. The orders are available for tracking via UPS with expected delivery dates ahead of this Friday, however, don’t expect your package to arrive early.
Although these orders may have already reached the shipping stage, it’s unlikely that carriers will allow them to be delivered before the device’s launch date on October 14. Apple has traditionally worked with carriers to ensure that everyone gets their new iPhone on the same day, and that orders are not delivered before launch date.
Having said that, there are some exceptions. When the iPhone 4 launched last year there were a number of reports from customers who had been lucky enough to get their device a day or two before its public launch.
Those who didn’t get their order in last Friday will now face a delay of up to two weeks before they receive their new iPhone. Apple sold out of its initial stock incredibly quickly, and the only hope of getting one on launch day now would be to stand in line outside your local Apple store from 08:00 AM on October 14.