Apple confirms it: the Pope could screw up your iPhone delivery

Friday is September 25, and that means new iPhone day. While the rare lucky Apple fan is seeing the smartphone turn up early, the lion’s share of us are waiting until Friday to get our hands on the handset. At least, it’s been Apple intention to deliver iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus orders on Friday, but customers in two of the largest cities in the US could find themselves waiting a little longer for their packages to show up, as Apple sends out notices that the visit of Pope Francis threatens to jam up shipping times.

Pope Francis is currently visiting the nation’s capital, but heads up to New York City on Thursday, followed by a trip to Philadelphia on Saturday. Apple’s been emailing customers in both NYC and Philly, informing them of possible delays.

Apple writes that travel restrictions have the potential to keep delivery trucks from getting new iPhones to customers’ homes on time. To help compensate, Apple’s going to arrange for Saturday deliveries when both necessary and possible. Sure, that spells an extra day’s wait before you can unbox your own new iPhone (or possibly longer still, depending on shipping logistics), but there’s not much to be done – and this time, we don’t think that asking a higher power to speed up your iPhone shipment is going to do much good.

Source: Gawker
Image: Korean Culture and Information Service (Jeon Han)

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