The iPhone 5 pre-order kickoff yesterday morning was fairly reminiscent of last year’s launch. Apple’s website, despite having months to prepare, quickly buckled under the influx of traffic, and more than half an hour passed before some folks could logon.

The real story though is how fast the initial pre-order stock of iPhone 5s ran out. Shipping times slipped from one to two weeks in less than an hour. Some people even saw their ship dates drop a week during the time it took them to place their order…

But we’ve got some good news tonight for those of you whose iPhone 5 orders showed a two week delivery date at checkout. There’s a chance they may ship sooner.

AppleInsider is reporting that some readers are seeing emails from Apple regarding their iPhone 5 pre-orders. Apparently some of the initial shipping dates weren’t accurate.

Here’s the email from Apple:

“We have some good news concerning your recent iPhone 5 purchase. We expect it to be delivered to you on the first day of iPhone 5 availability — Friday, September 21.

The delivery date we previously sent you was not accurate.

Once your order ships, we’ll send a Shipping Notification email with tracking information. You can always visit for the most up-to-date status of your order.

We apologize for any confusion and appreciate your business.


The Apple Store”

At the time of this writing, all iPhone 5 models on Apple’s US website show an estimated shipping time of 2-3 weeks. And the same is true for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint (online). If you want it earlier than that, you’ll have to visit a participating retail store next Friday.

Apple told AllThingsD yesterday afternoon that it was “completely blown away” by customer response to its latest handset.

Have you received an email from Apple similar to the one above? Now might be a good time to check.

  • Yeah baby!!!

  • veda99

    ordered phone at 3 45am EST..but still it shows processing items…no email received :(..

    • GambitGamer

      Lol this got three likes

    • Johnathan Jennings

      I ordered at 3:08AM eastern time and my order is preparing for shipping. I was expecting to get a tracking number tonight but I haven’t gotten it yet. It will probably leave china on monday morning. Can’t wait to get it(:

    • veda99

      Mine still says Delivers on 21..hope for it

  • Going to pre-order mine at Bestbuy tomorrow. Hope i get it on Friday.

  • Keith

    my order status says “preparing for shipment. Delivers: 9/21 Standard Shipping

    • Johnathan Jennings

      Me too

  • Supply more than demand, that’s why apple able to ship faster than expected.

    • Are you in ur first yr of uni doing principle of microeconomic?

  • Paul

    I ordered at 7am EST processing items Oct. 5th delivery do I have a shot at getting this email and having mine changed to a Friday delivery?

    • ramo

      If I were you I would see if you can get it pre-ordered at bestbuy or another store instead. I put in an order for one and am expected to get it on the 21st.

  • yea i stayed up till 12 pacific time to pre order. website was down the second it hit 12:01… then i logged in 30 mins later. clicked my order through and bam they said id get it the 21st.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      I started at 12:01 and i wa done by 12:08. No problems whatsoever. Haha sucks for you.

      • not really cuz im still getting it tomorrow late or early friday. ups loves me!

    • It when on at 11:59 that’s when I place my order

  • @dongiuj

    Not so many people want the new iphone.

  • How much ram in iphone 5?

    • Liu Zhenyu

      1 GB

  • Eddie Hamilton

    I was unable to get on the website but I was able to get on the Apple Store app on my phone and buy it at 11:59 PST. My order says prepping for shipment. Hope I have a tracking number soon!

  • Last year I order asap and like stupid I was waiting all the for the courier whilst my friend was already playing with his 4S… This year I’m going to the store.

  • Says “Shipping 2-3 weeks” on Apple Canada’s website now. Thank god I pre-ordered mine on the 14th!

  • If I bought mine on sprint . Com I won’t get this email?

  • Christina

    Ordered on Saturday morning and they told me I will receive it by October 5th. I hope it comes sooner

  • Got friends who received it today but I ordered even before them. I’m so pissed! Fuck this stupid system!