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Some Orders on iPhone 5 Will Ship Sooner Than Expected

Source: Apple iPhone 5 | Official Website

Based on an email sent out by Apple, some early iPhone 5 orders may ship sooner than expected. The report came after one AppleInsider received a note from the company and informed the online publication. As stated on the email:

We have some good news concerning your recent iPhone 5 purchase. We expect it to be delivered to you on the first day of iPhone 5 availability, Friday, September 21. The delivery date we previously sent you was not accurate.

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An hour after Apple opened its website for iPhone 5 pre-order, the company’s online store started quoting that its latest handset will arrive in two weeks. That’s because the officials were “completely blown away” by the demand for the new smartphone.

According to Apple’s spokeswoman Nat Kerris, “Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible. We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.” It actually took less than two hours for the company to sell out its initial batch of iPhone 5.

The pre-order started at 12:01 a.m. PDT last September 14, and then the company saw a sellout of first-day shipment stock in about an hour. It was followed by Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint’s stocks dwindling a few hours later. Sprint is the only carrier with units still available for delivery on September 21. However, the carrier’s stock is only limited to 32 GB and 64 GB models.

Although analysts and industry watchers are expecting the sellout, many didn’t anticipate that it will happen soon. It is still vague whether Apple sold out more units compared to iPhone 4S’ initial batch last year or it only had less stock on hand.

Furthermore, the Cupertino-based company announced that the iPhone 5 will be available for public sale on September 21. Network carriers will also be selling the newest smartphone at launch, although AT&T and Verizon already sold out their inventory for Friday.

In relation to this, it was reported that iPhone 5 will be available in three variants for global LTE. This is because various carriers are using different 4G LTE bands. The latest handset will continue to support the global GSM/UMTS services of the iPhone 4S, and it will also be compatible with the “4G” DC-HSDPA.

For those who missed the pre-order of iPhone 5 last Friday, they can still purchase the handset in any Apple brick-and-mortar store. The company will start selling the device on Friday at 8 a.m. local time. On the other hand, carriers and retailers, like Walmart, will have limited stocks.

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