Shipping estimates for iPhone 5 preorders slipped to 2-3 weeks only a few short hours after they were made available this morning, and initial stock continues to dwindle as the day wears on. Apple is expected to shatter the previous preorder sales record it set with the iPhone 4S, and demand for a new iPhone has never been higher.
Although specific preorder sales numbers have not yet been released, Apple has said that it’s “blown away” by how well the iPhone 5 has done so far.
iPhone 5 online preorders on Apple, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint all show a shipping estimate of at least 2 weeks now. Unless you plan on waiting in line on September 21st, you likely won’t be getting an iPhone 5 until next month.
Many who preordered early this morning are still waiting for their confirmation email from Apple. There’s clearly been a lot of preorders placed in the last 14 hours, so it’s taking Apple and the carriers a long time to process all of the orders.
Apple in an official statement to The Loop:
“Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible,” said Apple spokeswoman, Natalie Kerris. “We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.”
The iPhone 4S sold over 1 million units in the first 24 hours of preorders. Imagine what the numbers will be this time around. Apple should announce preorder weekend sales numbers in a few days.
Source: The Loop