iPhone 4S shipments to take 1-2 weeks from Apple Store

The iPhone 4S, as many predicted, has seen a high degree of pre-order sales several days before Apple's smartphone ships to stores. 9to5Mac.com reports that Apple's online store is currently showing shipment times of between one to two weeks for the iPhone 4S. This time period is apparently the same no matter what the model or the wireless carrier. That means that if you order an iPhone 4S now from the Apple online store you will have to wait until sometime after the product's official launch date of October 14 to receive it.

Earlier this week both AT&T and Sprint had indicated strong pre-order sales for the iPhone 4S with AT&T specifically claiming it had received 200,000 pre-orders for the device in just the first 12 hours.

Of course, there is one way to get the iPhone 4S on the day of its release: you can head to your local Apple retail store or the official stores for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon on that day to pick up the device. Keep in mind that on all of the previous launch days for the iPhone there have been long lines in front of these brick and mortar stores that start hours or even days beforehand. It's currently unknown how many iPhone 4S units will be made available for sale at each of the retail locations.

Apple will likely announce how many iPhone 4S units it has sold so far during its regular quarterly financial announcement, which should be revealed soon after its release in just a few weeks.

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You can mock all you want but standing in line is just plain fun. I have done it for each launch just as I do it for some store on Black Friday....because it's just plain fun. And just as I will do it when the Chicago Cubs will one day make it back to the World Series....because it's just plain fun to stand in line and be one of the first to get tickets.

Make fun of me if you wish but those are the memories that last the lifetime....not the phone, not whatever I bought on Black Friday, or even that game (one day I will get to it!!) but just the experience of of standing in line and talking with other people who enjoy being there also.

BlendedFrog said,
You can mock all you want but standing in line is just plain fun. I have done it for each launch just as I do it for some store on Black Friday....because it's just plain fun. And just as I will do it when the Chicago Cubs will one day make it back to the World Series....because it's just plain fun to stand in line and be one of the first to get tickets.

Make fun of me if you wish but those are the memories that last the lifetime....not the phone, not whatever I bought on Black Friday, or even that game (one day I will get to it!!) but just the experience of of standing in line and talking with other people who enjoy being there also.

+1 There's nothing like being with a group of people with a common interest. Easy to forget how social an occasion it can be, regardless of the subject.

Some people here will never get that.

bugsbungee said,

+1 There's nothing like being with a group of people with a common interest. Easy to forget how social an occasion it can be, regardless of the subject.

Some people here will never get that.

I think a lot of people here aren't very social outside of the Internet.

my brother ordered it online at apple.com within an hour or two of it going live on oct 7th and he was given a ship date between oct 24-31. Its probably showing the same for everyone else and nothing else.

I wonder how business orders are treated...we sent in our order to ATT the day it was announced...can't wait to get rid of my blackberry

rcardona said,
Why? People queue up for much less like crappy black friday deals, consoles, concert tickets...

Queuing to get something cheap one might not otherwise afford/choose to buy or queuing for a concert of limited availability cannot really be compared to: queuing to be "first" to get an almost identical item to something that has existed for a year.... or am I missing why anyone would need this so soon after release... to be honest consoles aren't much better, but at least a new console with a new exclusive game has en element of something not available anywhere else.

rcardona said,
Why? People queue up for much less like crappy black friday deals, consoles, concert tickets...

Consoles, apple stuff, items are material things that adds no real value to humans other than general use. Concert tickets however brings memories and an experience you may have the rest of your life.

rcardona said,
Why? People queue up for much less like crappy black friday deals, consoles, concert tickets...

Hey, don't be comparing a cellphone to a concert, Concerts kick ass all days of the week, and have limited seating.. an iphone.. is just an iphone...

nero78 said,
Consoles, apple stuff, items are material things that adds no real value to humans other than general use.

This may be true for people who use smartphones as fashion accessories, but some of us have integrated these devices into our daily business operations.

I don't care to stand in line at a store for hours for a phone, but I won't judge those who do. I'd imagine that there's a bit of an experience to be had there, too - excitement of anticipation, being surrounded by others who have a similar purpose and interest, and so on.

To many suicides at the manufacturing plant apparently. Not enough people to make the phone.

And Apple, make sure you state phones SOLD...not SHIPPED.

bobbba said,
Because other mobile phone companies have never done that...

ya but not every other company puts down every single other company in the world when they are competition.. no company has ever said its the Post iOS Era..

bobbba said,
Because other mobile phone companies have never done that...

Provide me with a link of any other companies that need to sign a suicide contract.

Problem with Apple, is the demand is so high for one product that they cannot keep up and the works are made to work god awful hours and **** pay to keep up with demand. Horrible working conditions as well.

You can argue Samsung, HTC, LG, and whoever else uses the same workers but the conditions are not the same because the demand isnt as high for their products as it is with Apple. I am SURE we would here about their suicide contracts if that was the case.

I wonder if let's say, Amazon had a stock of 100,000, Apple stores would be willing to buy it back at the value +10% to save face in their stores.

WP7 said,
Its sad that people queue up days for a mobile phone

No kidding. I wonder how many standing in line to buy one already have a iPhone4.

WP7 said,
Its sad that people queue up days for a mobile phone

Same can be said for people going to midnight game launches, and women queuing for clothes sales.

Not my thing either, but if it makes them happy...

acnpt said,

Same can be said for people going to midnight game launches, and women queuing for clothes sales.

Not my thing either, but if it makes them happy...


midnight games lines are because they give free stuff out.. and also it is a social thing to do with friends once you get the game..

in general though .. lineups show how everyone has way to much free time..