Apple has started sending shipping notifications to customers that pre-ordered the iPhone 4S last Friday. Some orders still say “preparing for shipment,” but most customers have noticed that the iPhone 4S has been shipped with a delivery date of October 14th.

Pre-orders are coordinated with UPS in the US to ensure that shipments don’t arrive before the confirmed delivery date, so don’t get your hopes up for an early iPhone 4S delivery to your doorstep…

Shipping availability depends on the US carrier, but pre-orders from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all seem to be at least “preparing for shipment.”

Apple has sold out of initial iPhone 4S pre-order stock, and shipping estimates have been pushed back to 1-2 weeks. Over 1 million pre-orders for the iPhone 4S were placed within the first 24 hours of availability worldwide, breaking all previous records for initial Apple product sales.

You can track your iPhone 4S order from Apple’s account summary page. You can fill out a pre-sign form so that you don’t have to be there when UPS delivers.

The iPhone 4S will officially go on sale Friday, October 14th. Based on initial pre-orders, huge consumer demand is expected once in-store purchases begin. Like a normal Apple product launch, the first people in line on Friday will get to buy the iPhone 4S.

Once initial stock is gone, it could very well be weeks before more units are available.

  • Zack

    Where can you find the pre-sign form? I would love to have it ready in case I can’t be home.

    • In Apple’s account page, there’s an option to print out the pre-sign form next to your shipping information.

    • Glarus

      just talked to Apple, apparently they aren’t allowing pre-sign’s for the 4s “for our safety”

      • Not sure about that because I just filled out a pre-sign form for the 4S.

  • Dave

    I placed my pre-order at an AT&T store. Will the AT&T stores receive their iPhone 4S orders by the 14th as well?

  • Damn it. Mine still says “preparing for shipment”

    • Mine does as well. Order was placed through AT&T. But I’m still seeing a 10/14 delivery date.

      • Roger

        I placed my order at AT&T also but it still says “processing”. I did online chat with a rep and he said that pre-order means you get put on a list and the iPhones will “ship” on the 14th… Is this guy nuts? Has anyone else ordered through AT&T? What does yours say?

      • ic0dex

        Me too, But my recipe says that it will be delivered by the 14th. I also just checked and it still says “In Progress” “Pending Shipmen”

        Shipping information:
        Your order is expected to be delivered on 10/14/2011. See details below*.

        I hope that it gets here by the 14Th or I’ll be pissed.

  • MrBig

    Here in Germany Amazon for example ships (standard) within 24 hours if you placed the order before about 16 pm, so where is the problem? What is the usual shipping time in the U.S. eg. for Amazon or the Apple Store?

  • Chris B

    Mine still says processing..and I ordered like 5 minutes after the store went online. 🙁

  • Kevin

    aww shoot mine still says preparing for shipment

  • Free

    Dear Alex Heath, I sure hope you filled out the pre-sign form, cause I will be more than happy to pick up your phone for you.

    • iYaSeeN

      +1 nice, loool

  • sithsponge

    one of mine says it has been shipped. my other one that actually was in earlier than that one still says preparing to ship.

  • Los

    I ordered through phone through AT&t. How do I Check my order status?

  • tc

    Looks like if you work for UPS and have a preorder you have a loophole…..hmmm

  • Gus Me

    Mine has a departure scan out of HK @ 9:23 PM Hopefully we get it day before official release day like the iP4…

  • In 4 days I’ll get mine woohoo!

  • sean

    I preordered mine at radio shack, they stopped oreorders yesterday. cant wait to start playing with it

  • Woody dog

    The gf 16g has shipped. But my 32g has not shipped yet. I ordered both at the same time I’ll be so sad if she gets hers and I dont get mine

  • Bill

    Allready landed in Anchorage. Went from factory to Hong Kong to AK allready and they could be here easy by the 12th(maybe even 11th if they fly to UPS hub and out to citys tonight. On trucks in the morn. Same as overnighting from AK at this point. BTW, ordered at Apple(tried at 1201 but took over 2 hours until I could get it to take.

    Anchorage, AK, United States 10/10/2011 2:41 P.M. Arrival Scan
    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong 10/10/2011 9:23 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/10/2011 4:51 P.M. Arrival Scan
    10/10/2011 1:50 P.M. Departure Scan
    Shenzhen, China 10/09/2011 7:26 A.M. Origin Scan
    China 10/09/2011 4:37 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

  • Taz

    Wanted some advice. Preordered in the UK but due to the website crashing and what not I accidentally ordered 3 sufferer orders. Is there a chance my order could get cancelled due to multiple orders? And what are the chances. All three orders still say processing…

  • Scaredy Shroom

    Wow I can’t believe how impatient everyone is. Lmao.

  • Chitown

    I ordered mine from at&t when they went live online. My order status still says “pending awaiting shipment”. My friend who wasn’t able to order it online till later on Friday morning on the 7th got a tracking number already!!! He just told me a few minutes ago it’s in KY!!! WTH!!! I’m so mad!!! I call At&T and the cust rep said that they won”t be shipping them out till the 14th???? I’m supposed to get it by the 14th!!!

    • silverslugger

      What time did you place your order.
      Did you order from apple site or carrier (af&t)? What did your your friend do?

  • Sassisbored

    If you go to ups.com, click track shipment at the top tabs. Then choose “track by reference.” in the reference field, type the phone number associated with the order, all together like 5552227777. Then choose the country its going to, like united states, and click track. I had to try a few times but I finally see my package. My apple account still says pending shipment but my package just arrived in anchorage today….you can’t print the presign until apple’s site updates as shipped with the tracking info. That part is annoying; hopefully mine will update soon because I need that form

  • Sassisbored

    If you go to ups website, click track shipment at the top tabs. Then choose “track by reference.” in the reference field, type the phone number associated with the order, all together like 5552227777. Then choose the country its going to, like united states, and click track. I had to try a few times but I finally see my package. My apple account still says pending shipment but my package just arrived in anchorage today….you can’t print the presign until apple’s site updates as shipped with the tracking info. That part is annoying; hopefully mine will update soon because I need that form

  • Sassisbored

    Sorry my phone wigged out and that comment published twice

  • Jada

    Mine says it was shipped Monday but it won’t let me view the pre-sign order form. Says webpage cannot be found….dumb. Anyone else having this issue?

  • Bill S.

    Well, It’s official now. Apple is having UPS hold the phones in there hub at Louisville so they are not delivered before the 14th. Mine, along with thousands of others, arrived in Louisville early on the 11th. Normally packages would go out of the hub in the middle of the night to the cities by air and then the delivery city depot would load them on the trucks early morning for delivery that day. As of now, over 24 hours after they arrived in Louisville, they are still sitting in Louisville. This is solid proof that Apple is having UPS hold them there.

    Really??? Apple would not want the loyal customers to get their phones a whopping 2 days early…. Or is that actually 4 months 2 weeks MINUS 2 days LATE??!! Most of us loyal customers held off on getting the likes of a Galaxy 2 while we waited for an Apple 5 to be released…..since June!! Then as a reward for waiting faithfully and NOT buying a Samsung, or the likes, and NOT getting an Iphone 5, but an upgraded 4, Apple will reward us by getting the 4S 2 days early…..NOT!!! Shame on you Apple. BTW, it is more work for UPS to hold them then to let them go through the system at a normal pace. They have to go out of their way to separate them and set them aside for 2 days. UUggghhhh. I have to say, I am wishing I had made the jump to the bigger screen Galaxy 2 and jumped back when the 5 was released. I have been a faithful Iphone user but I am getting more then tired of Apple’s actions.

    Louisville, KY, United States 10/11/2011 9:28 A.M. Arrival Scan
    Anchorage, AK, United States 10/10/2011 11:11 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/10/2011 2:41 P.M. Arrival Scan
    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong 10/10/2011 9:23 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/10/2011 4:51 P.M. Arrival Scan
    10/10/2011 1:50 P.M. Departure Scan
    Shenzhen, China 10/09/2011 7:26 A.M. Origin Scan
    China 10/09/2011 4:37 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

    Bill S.

    • Zack

      Bummer! Mine just got to Louisville this morning at 9am. I’ve been refreshing every 30 min or so to see when it leaves. I was hoping to get it tomorrow, but it looks like that won’t be the case 🙁

  • S.

    YESSS!!! Just departed Louisville! See you tomorrow Siri!

    Location Date Local Time Activity
    Louisville, KY, United States 10/13/2011 12:23 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/13/2011 7:54 A.M. Import Scan
    Louisville, KY, United States 10/11/2011 9:28 A.M. Arrival Scan
    Anchorage, AK, United States 10/10/2011 11:11 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/10/2011 2:41 P.M. Arrival Scan
    Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong 10/10/2011 9:23 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/10/2011 4:00 P.M. Arrival Scan
    Shenzhen, China 10/10/2011 1:50 P.M. Departure Scan
    10/10/2011 12:52 A.M. Origin Scan
    China 10/10/2011 10:23 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

  • Terry

    Pre ordered my two 4S’s on the 7th at the AT&T store,still no anything. My friend went to store today and left with his. WTH. Why pre order?

  • How do I set time on new apple 4S to Louisville Ky zip 40204? The phone is set for Cupertino CA !!