Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock the whole day, you probably know that iPhone 5 shipping times have dramatically been pushed back to up to 2-3 weeks, both on the online Apple store and at most carriers – just a mere hour or two after Cupertino with its partners began processing orders. Commenting on the situation, a spokesperson for the company acknowledged pent-up demand for the device, choosing interesting wording from the company’s familiarly colloquial yet effective vocabulary…

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told John Paczkowski of AllThingsD via email that the company was taken aback by strong response to its new handset:

Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible. We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.

So much about ‘disappointing’ iPhone 5 launch.

Off topic: ‘blown away’ gets used a lot in Apple executives’ vocabulary (I’m guilty of this, too).

I still remember the iPhone 4S introduction last October when iOS boss Scott Forstall showed Jobsian knack for grammatically incorrect hyperbole.

He was demoing Siri and at one point asked her, “Who are you?”, to which Siri replied, “I am a humble personal assistant”.

Forstall then smiled at the audience, saying “that is absolutely blow-away”.

I counted two occurrences of the “blow away” variants in Apple’s iPhone 4 promo clip.

In fact, Forstall gets so often ‘blown away’ that he cannot find himself.

Joking aside, we do not know how many units Apple set aside for pre-orders.

The company usually keeps up to two weeks worth of iPhone inventory in the channel.

As analyst are expecting sales of up to ten million iPhone 5 devices by the end of September (when Apple’s fiscal year 2012 ends), the company must have allocated 2-3 million units for pre-orders and 7-8 million for launch day (which is next Friday, September 21, beginning at 8am local time at Apple’s retail stores and via AT&T, Sprint and Verizon).

It’s just my estimate and I could be easily wrong, of course.

Something tells me Apple will want to brag about launch day sales via a press release.

What do you think?

How many iPhone 5 units were available for pre-orders worldwide?

  • If you only want a 16GB iphone 5, preorder it at Walmart. You get it the day it comes out, and don’t have to wait 2 weeks. Plus, they sell them for $10 cheaper for $189.97. In addition, you only have to pay tax on the amount you pay, not on the full price of the phone. all you need to do is put $25 down for the preorder.

    • Brandon F

      I called Walmart today trying to do that and they said they are taking pre-orders in store starting on the 21st. They told me that there will be no iPhone 5’s in store, but they will take pre-orders and then ship them to customer’s houses. Is that just the Walmart in my area?

      • goofygreek

        call and talk to someone else. i bet you talked to someone who doesnt know what they hell there talking about. also, could just be the store your going to. both of the walmarts where i live are doing pre-orders already.

  • JerseyD

    If you were printing money as fast as Apple you would probably get blown away a lot too.

  • yeah clearly most of those people who complained about the iphone 5 most likely bought one and now suddenly like it

    • javierE186

      Wait how would they like it? The phone isn’t available yet, it is only up for pre-order lol. Now it could be you mean that they didn’t like the rumors or even the Apple Keynote but still ended up buying it. Or they liked it once Apple said it was the iPhone 5. Is that what you meant?

  • Johnathan Jennings

    I love my iPhone 4.. I’m using it now. Friday is its last day in commission, thank you i4. You’ve been great<3

    • TJ McCurdy

      Goodbye i4 and Hellloooooooooo i5! 😀

  • i think they only had 1000 device on pre order and this is just an ad
    i really just cant believe that poeple want to get it

    i mean im crazy a fanatic apple fan , i have like 12 devices
    but they have worked so little on improving the iphone and ios
    that i decided to jump ship
    im getting an htc one x

    can people really be so exsited for an uglier 4s with 0.5 inch of extra screen length , probably even less

    • I hope you enjoy your android, I can’t deal with their dang keyboards. Is it “haptic” touch feedback? Drives me Nuts!

      • Kok Hean

        It can be disabled.

      • I hate to say it but I beleive apple jumped the shark or at least the iphone did.

      • sackboy

        Swype destorys iOS.

    • Yea Good luck with that 🙂

    • J

      Little to improve iOS huh, good look with Sense guy

  • Nicholas Osborne

    I preordered 🙂

  • iwant NOW!! Lol

  • If any iphone 4S owner will buy this, he will be dissapointed after a month or so, because there nothing new to offer on this iphone 5. Even if you love the shiny body of it most people are going to use a case over it and in the end its going to look like 4S afterall.

  • Perhaps people that bought the iphone 4 skipped 4s to wait for this one. Cause ive mostly been reading about people being dissapointed about the 5 last couple of days

    • Yeah I skipped the 4S for this one so this phone is actually a bit of a big update to me.

      • goofygreek

        yea, anyone going from a 4 – 5 is going to notice it big time. people going from 4s – 5 are probably going to only notice the bigger screen and maybe a little performance upgrade. depending on what they do on the phone of course.

  • Kok Hean

    What’s a iPhone 5?

    • Lolhaha

      U dont need to know. Go back to ur cave.

      • Kok Hean

        To the 22 of you, I was just joking.

      • Lolhaha

        Who cares? Just go back to ur cave.

      • Kok Hean

        Okay, it’s nice and cosy there anyway 😛

  • iphone 5 is really most amazing phone <3

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    I find myself getting the “S” variants of the iPhone….I just can’t justify getting the iPhone 5 when I already have a 4S…one that has been color swapped to all black..including the frame 😛

  • parth

    iPhone 5 took viagra to grow!!! 😀 LMAO

  • Guest

    iPhone 5 took viagra to grow!!! 😀

  • I Ditto Johnathan’s J’s comment, But for me, November 7th is the end of my iphone 4’s 2 yr family contract, It’s been a great run Apple, My iphone 4 will function just like an ole’ satellite phone does until it crashes an burns… Then, we shall see….

  • Clearly Apple lives in a magical world full of glass and aluminum and hasn’t had time to visit the comments sections of most major iPhone blogs. So full of iHate and iDisappointment for the new iPhone 5.