Initial batch of iPhone 4 pre-orders now shipping

It has been a rough five days since Apple started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4. Those who attempted to pre-order the handset on the first day were greeted with a multitude of errors. Neowin reported on these problems a few days ago, and matters haven't improved much with recent reports that Apple and AT&T are randomly canceling pre-orders. For those who couldn't successfully pre-order, Apple now pinpoints July 14th as the earliest ship date going forward.

Now on to the good news, for those that did manage to get a pre-order in for the initial batch of 600,000, shipping has commenced. Engadget and MacRumors report that many have begun to receive email confirmations for iPhone 4 shipments. MacRumors also points out that some confirmation emails state the package will be delivered by June 23rd. While delivery services have been known to inadvertently deliver Apple products a day ahead of schedule, this is likely a simple database error.

In the past it has been possible to walk into an Apple store days after the release of a new handset and stock would be available, but if the these reports are anything to go by, that may not be the case this time around.

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I ordered mine from ATT, as of this morning it has shipped. Fedex on the other hand has no record of the tracking number so it has not even technically been picked up to go out yet

Oh and ship date was the 17th 0_o

pepsihabbit said,
I ordered mine from an AT&T store and my order status hasnt changed at all. I know im inpatient but this is still bugging me lol

Same ordered mine 10am EST from AT&T still nothing . Just in progress.

I haven't pre-ordered mine being in the UK, and was put off with all of the errors but I'm due for an upgrade on July 4th! woop. Excited for this iPhone as I've only owned a iPod Touch.

Apple delivered the iPad a day early in the UK, both UPS and TNT were allowed to.

Only difference might be that the iPad had already been released in the US.