Never mind all that talk about the boring new phone, iPhone 5 pre-orders, which began at 12:00 a.m. PST this morning, sold out in less than 60 minutes, with Apple bumping back the ship date a whole week for anyone who has put in an order since. As you can see below, instead of the September 21 release date Apple promised, phones will now arrive Sept. 28.
For the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it took 22 and 20 hours, respectively, for pre-orders to sell out, according to TechCrunch's Billy Gallagher, who gave us that hour figure. Even with the tepid reception from the tech blogger world, all signs point to the high demand analysts expect. Not only are these guys going fast at the Apple site, "many users saw error messages" on wireless carriers sites as they attempted to get their new toy, says Gallagher. Until about 1:30 a.m. PST, Sprint's site read: "It's coming. We're excited and readying the store for your orders. Check back soon to place your pre-order," says CNET. Verizon's sales operation was down until about 1:50 a.m. PST, too. The Apple store also gave some buyers outage announcements, adds CNET, though, as of now, all three carrier sites still list 9/21 as the ship day, according to our persual this morning.
If you weren't one of those lucky few to get the phone before pre-orders got pushed back, don't give up now. Things can get worse. "In the case of the iPhone 4S last year, Apple extended delivery of new orders out to three to four weeks after the launch. Some buyers ended up canceling online orders and waiting in line at retail stores instead," write CNET's Stephen Shankland and Josh Lowensohn. The phone goes on sale at retail locations next Friday, September 21. What's worse: waiting in line with a bunch of Apple fanboys and (possibly) getting the phone before the rest of the world or purchasing from the comfort of your own computer chair and waiting a few extra weeks to have this year's it gadget? Depends on your values, we guess.
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