Apple iPhone 5 pre-order frenzy: two-week shipping delay already

Apple iPhone 5 pre-order frenzy: two-week shipping delay alreadyIt's become an all-too-familiar part of the Apple iDevice launch pantomime, as predictable as pre-launch rumour frenzies, half-revealed official specs and of course the swooning adulation when the world finally gets to lay eyes on whatever it is that's being launched.

I'm talking about shipping delays. The iPhone 5 was officially made available to pre-order at midnight, and yet just a handful of hours later Apple's shipping estimate for the UK is already out to two weeks.

And that's just from the hardcore gadget fans who were willing to pull out their credit cards in the middle of the night and splurge some cash on Apple's new baby. We wouldn't be surprised if that two-week delay had gone out to 3-4 weeks by the end of the day.

That doesn't mean you won't be able to get one when it officially goes on sale next Friday, of course. All the networks will be carrying the iPhone 5, or if you're really adamant about getting one SIM-free on launch day you could do the overnight camping thing outside your local Apple Store.

Apple is an expert for stage-managing its product launches through scarcity marketing, so we really don't know at this point whether demand is higher than expected, or Apple is trying to create extra demand by suggesting there aren't enough iPhone 5s to go around so you'd better reserve yours now.

Either way, despite grumblings about the lack of NFC and the higher price tag (£529 for the cheapest model) compared with the iPhone 4S, there's nothing to suggest this isn't going to be another barnstorming smartphone success for Apple.

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Reser  Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:06

Was actually 8am UK time (midnight PST)they was made available, they were down to 2 week shipping time in less than 90 minutes. Quickest yet, however do not know if the stock levels were less than with the iPhone 4S but seems unlikely.

//Edit 32GB just fell to 2-3 weeks already.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 11:21

At this rate the Lumia 920 will be out 'out' first, after all ;) :p

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:33

Suggests in a way that they can't run a business which is rather unlikely at this stage so just games really
Doesn't even mean they won't ship faster than that, wonder why anyone would sign up for 2-3 weeks shipping when I'll bet there will be plenty in shops.
I'm betting that new wii console will be sold out the same way too

Reser  Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:43

Love how you all think there will be plenty in shops. I queued up for the iPhone 4 when I delayed then and they ran out of 32gb phones before I got served, and I was there before 6am.

This is not the iPad, the iPhone sells even more rapidly.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:46

Apple have plenty, they don't actually understock, they just have their website show they're struggling for stock so people hurry up and order before the "wait" gets any longer. It always seems to me that plenty of people have Apple devices on launch day.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:54

Love how you all think there will be plenty in shops. I queued up for the iPhone 4 when I delayed then and they ran out of 32gb phones before I got served, and I was there before 6am.

This is not the iPad, the iPhone sells even more rapidly.


Bet you'd still get one within the 2-3 weeks wait

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:00

Love how you all think there will be plenty in shops. I queued up for the iPhone 4 when I delayed then and they ran out of 32gb phones before I got served, and I was there before 6am.

This is not the iPad, the iPhone sells even more rapidly.

Firstly, that's incredibly sad, did you not feel like an absolute tw*t queuing to be one of the first to get a £500 lump of glass, metal and silicone?

Secondly, I don't think we "all" said there would be plenty of stock in-store, did we?

martyn_3000  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:22

I don't think he was alone. I as well as many others through out the country were queuing outside the store from the early hours for the release of the 4S.

I think it's a bit harsh to badge these people as "sad ****". The people are obviously enthusiastic about the latest technology, and want to make sure they secure one on release day.

I'm sure there must be something you're passionate about? Unless you're the sort of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks they're an onion.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:34

I don't think he was alone. I as well as many others through out the country were queuing outside the store from the early hours for the release of the 4S.
Two wrongs etc etc....

I think it's a bit harsh to badge these people as "sad ****". The people are obviously enthusiastic about the latest technology, and want to make sure they secure one on release day.
I understand why they did it, I just don't see why you'd be that bothered about a handheld lump of glass, metal and silicone. If a phone matters to you that much, your life probably needs some reassessment.

I'm sure there must be something you're passionate about? Unless you're the sort of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks they're an onion.
Yes, I have things I feel passionately about; namely making sure (or doing my best to make sure) my OH and daughter are looked after, cared for and happy. Or if you meant materialistic happiness, I'm passionate about cars, but I've never, ever queued around the block in the early hours of the morning for one. Also, I'd sell the car in a heartbeat if I needed to, to ensure my family's financial future was secure.

Queuing up for hours on end, in the middle of the night, for a phone is absolutely ridiculous. It's a phone, people need to get over themselves.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:39

I don't think he was alone. I as well as many others through out the country were queuing outside the store from the early hours for the release of the 4S.

I think it's a bit harsh to badge these people as "sad ****". The people are obviously enthusiastic about the latest technology, and want to make sure they secure one on release day.

I'm sure there must be something you're passionate about? Unless you're the sort of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks they're an onion.


Or perhaps you only think it's harsh as you are in that group... Is there no group of passionate people you don't regard as a bit sad, morris dancers, train spotters, x-factor fans, bb watchers, gamers that change their name to turok, people posting on mobot, all passionate.
Do you think Apple is such a poor company that they couldn't provide enough devices if they wanted to? Keeping in mind that they know their stock levels, production levels and set the launch date which could have waited til next month like last years? Oh we didn't think many people would want one.....

martyn_3000  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:43

I don't think he was alone. I as well as many others through out the country were queuing outside the store from the early hours for the release of the 4S.
Two wrongs etc etc....

I think it's a bit harsh to badge these people as "sad ****". The people are obviously enthusiastic about the latest technology, and want to make sure they secure one on release day.
I understand why they did it, I just don't see why you'd be that bothered about a handheld lump of glass, metal and silicone. If a phone matters to you that much, your life probably needs some reassessment.

I'm sure there must be something you're passionate about? Unless you're the sort of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks they're an onion.
Yes, I have things I feel passionately about; namely making sure (or doing my best to make sure) my OH and daughter are looked after, cared for and happy. Or if you meant materialistic happiness, I'm passionate about cars, but I've never, ever queued around the block in the early hours of the morning for one. Also, I'd sell the car in a heartbeat if I needed to, to ensure my family's financial future was secure.

Queuing up for hours on end, in the middle of the night, for a phone is absolutely ridiculous. It's a phone, people need to get over themselves.


If you're not really fussed about phones then what are you doing on a mobile phone site/blog?

Reser  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:47

Love how you all think there will be plenty in shops. I queued up for the iPhone 4 when I delayed then and they ran out of 32gb phones before I got served, and I was there before 6am.

This is not the iPad, the iPhone sells even more rapidly.

Firstly, that's incredibly sad, did you not feel like an absolute tw*t queuing to be one of the first to get a £500 lump of glass, metal and silicone?

Secondly, I don't think we "all" said there would be plenty of stock in-store, did we?


Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.

Not sure why exactly you are the mod of a mobile phone blog when you are not passionate about mobile phones

martyn_3000  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:47

I don't think he was alone. I as well as many others through out the country were queuing outside the store from the early hours for the release of the 4S.

I think it's a bit harsh to badge these people as "sad ****". The people are obviously enthusiastic about the latest technology, and want to make sure they secure one on release day.

I'm sure there must be something you're passionate about? Unless you're the sort of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks they're an onion.


Or perhaps you only think it's harsh as you are in that group... Is there no group of passionate people you don't regard as a bit sad, morris dancers, train spotters, x-factor fans, bb watchers, gamers that change their name to turok, people posting on mobot, all passionate.
Do you think Apple is such a poor company that they couldn't provide enough devices if they wanted to? Keeping in mind that they know their stock levels, production levels and set the launch date which could have waited til next month like last years? Oh we didn't think many people would want one.....


Each to there own really. I let people get on with it, voicing my opinion won't really make a difference to said group, if anything it would make me appear ignorant.

Unless we're talking about Nazis maybe, that's something I'm sure we can all agree wasn't the best idea for a group.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:48

I don't think he was alone. I as well as many others through out the country were queuing outside the store from the early hours for the release of the 4S.
Two wrongs etc etc....

I think it's a bit harsh to badge these people as "sad ****". The people are obviously enthusiastic about the latest technology, and want to make sure they secure one on release day.
I understand why they did it, I just don't see why you'd be that bothered about a handheld lump of glass, metal and silicone. If a phone matters to you that much, your life probably needs some reassessment.

I'm sure there must be something you're passionate about? Unless you're the sort of person that wakes up in the morning and thinks they're an onion.
Yes, I have things I feel passionately about; namely making sure (or doing my best to make sure) my OH and daughter are looked after, cared for and happy. Or if you meant materialistic happiness, I'm passionate about cars, but I've never, ever queued around the block in the early hours of the morning for one. Also, I'd sell the car in a heartbeat if I needed to, to ensure my family's financial future was secure.

Queuing up for hours on end, in the middle of the night, for a phone is absolutely ridiculous. It's a phone, people need to get over themselves.


If you're not really fussed about phones then what are you doing on a mobile phone site/forum?

Yes, because you're either "not really fussed" about something, or you have to queue around the block in the middle of the night for it. There couldn't possibly be a middle ground...

Also, I'm not a member of the Audi owners club (or whatever it's called), yet I care far more about and spent far more on my car than I ever have or will on a mobile phone. By your logic I can't possibly like cars then, can I?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:50

Love how you all think there will be plenty in shops. I queued up for the iPhone 4 when I delayed then and they ran out of 32gb phones before I got served, and I was there before 6am.

This is not the iPad, the iPhone sells even more rapidly.

Firstly, that's incredibly sad, did you not feel like an absolute tw*t queuing to be one of the first to get a £500 lump of glass, metal and silicone?

Secondly, I don't think we "all" said there would be plenty of stock in-store, did we?


Not sure why exactly you are the mod of a mobile phone blog when you are not passionate about mobile phones

Read above response.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:53

Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.
Queuing for hours to buy a new, totally unnecessary product is sad, I'm pretty sure most of the general population would agree with me (hell, I reckon most people interested in technology would agree with me).

Reser  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:59

Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.
Queuing for hours to buy a new, totally unnecessary product is sad, I'm pretty sure most of the general population would agree with me (hell, I reckon most people interested in technology would agree with me).


I queued for 1-2 hours before work as it was on my way and I had missed the deadline and would otherwise have to wait weeks.

I am sorry I am excited about getting a new phone.

Seriously, this is a blog all about mobile phones, the last place I would expect to be berated, by a mod no least, for such a thing.

martyn_3000  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:00

Of course there's a middle ground, but you would think a mod on a phone blog wall fall into the "extremely passionate" category. I'm mildly entertained by the manufacturing of bottle caps, but I don't become a mod of the Bottle Cap UK forum.

Obviously the mod selection process wasn't very vigorous ha. Maybe me or Reser should pick up an application form...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:02

Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.
Queuing for hours to buy a new, totally unnecessary product is sad, I'm pretty sure most of the general population would agree with me (hell, I reckon most people interested in technology would agree with me).


I agree... in a shady kinda way. I wouldn't queue for anything, really. So, heck - go on, do what ya want. I do understand silly 'impulse actions' though...

martyn_3000  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:03

Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.
Queuing for hours to buy a new, totally unnecessary product is sad, I'm pretty sure most of the general population would agree with me (hell, I reckon most people interested in technology would agree with me).


I queued for 1-2 hours before work as it was on my way and I had missed the deadline and would otherwise have to wait weeks.

I am sorry I am excited about getting a new phone.

Seriously, this is a blog all about mobile phones, the last place I would expect to be berated, by a mod no least, for such a thing.


Yeh, it is a little like going on the Audi owners club forum, and been called a douche for going on a waiting list for the new Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:07

Or perhaps you only think it's harsh as you are in that group... Is there no group of passionate people you don't regard as a bit sad, morris dancers, train spotters, x-factor fans, bb watchers, gamers that change their name to turok, people posting on mobot, all passionate.
Do you think Apple is such a poor company that they couldn't provide enough devices if they wanted to? Keeping in mind that they know their stock levels, production levels and set the launch date which could have waited til next month like last years? Oh we didn't think many people would want one.....


Each to there own really. I let people get on with it, voicing my opinion won't really make a difference to said group, if anything it would make me appear ignorant.

Unless we're talking about Nazis maybe, that's something I'm sure we can all agree wasn't the best idea for a group.


Yes of course.

Well they were wildly successful for a time.

Not sure why you skipped the second paragraph, broadly more relevant to the topic, do you think they couldn't possibly supply enough even if they wanted to?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:08

hahahaha :p
po tay to po taah to

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:09

Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.
Queuing for hours to buy a new, totally unnecessary product is sad, I'm pretty sure most of the general population would agree with me (hell, I reckon most people interested in technology would agree with me).


I queued for 1-2 hours before work as it was on my way and I had missed the deadline and would otherwise have to wait weeks.

I am sorry I am excited about getting a new phone.

Seriously, this is a blog all about mobile phones, the last place I would expect to be berated, by a mod no least, for such a thing.


Yeh, it is a little like going on the Audi owners club forum, and been called a douche for going on a waiting list for the new Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

It's not the fact it's a phone that makes it sad, queuing to buy any unnecessary, materialistic item would qualify.

Also (not that I want a drop-top RS5, though it is a very nice car), a waiting list is hardly the same as actively, physically queuing in the early hours of the morning, is it?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:10

Not sure why I am "sad" for queuing up at 6am, the store was on the way to work, I left for work an hour or 2 early and queued as I had missed the deadline to get it for launch date.
Queuing for hours to buy a new, totally unnecessary product is sad, I'm pretty sure most of the general population would agree with me (hell, I reckon most people interested in technology would agree with me).


I agree... in a shady kinda way. I wouldn't queue for anything, really. So, heck - go on, do what ya want. I do understand silly 'impulse actions' though...

I agree about generally not queuing. I don't like standing in line for the privilege of having my money taken off me....maybe I'm odd.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 15:13

Of course there's a middle ground, but you would think a mod on a phone blog wall fall into the "extremely passionate" category. I'm mildly entertained by the manufacturing of bottle caps, but I don't become a mod of the Bottle Cap UK forum.

Obviously the mod selection process wasn't very vigorous ha. Maybe me or Reser should pick up an application form...

Feel free, you both seem like reasonable people who can: spell, formulate a sentence and formulate an argument without resorting to mentioning anyone's mother.

If you do really want to apply you can email [email protected]t and address your email to Emma (she's the boss).

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