Carriers Already Pushing iPhone 5 Availability Back; You Snooze, You Lose
Earlier today, we mentioned how Apple had already exhausted its first batch of the iPhone 5, and was pushing-back estimates for when more would be available. At the time, you could still order your new iPhone from one of the carriers directly, and hope to get it once September 21 rolled around. In the hours that passed, even those stocks have been spoken for, and Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T are similarly forecasting a couple weeks of waiting for any new iPhone 5 pre-orders.
AT&T’s expecting orders placed as of now to ship in two to three weeks. Two’s bad enough, but three puts us well into October. Sprint is a little more optimistic, saying that it will do its best to get phones out to customers on September 21, but that it could take up to two weeks for orders to arrive; this late in the day, we’re betting something closer to two weeks is likely for any new orders. Verizon is telling customers just ordering an iPhone 5 now to expect their phones to ship on September 28.
The real question is how much of this is due to heavy demand for the new hardware, and how much due to stock shortages. Now that Sharp is finally delivering screens to Apple, hopefully Apple will soon have a whole lot more units ready to sell.