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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are launching on Friday in the United State and several other markets around the world. Ahead of the launch, Apple has now cautioned some New York City customers that their order might arrive on Saturday due to Pope Francis’ visit to the country.

In an email sent to customers, a copy of which was obtained by Sam Biddle, the Cupertino firm warns of shipping delays due to “traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City”.

All of the major shipping companies, including UPS, FedEX and USPS, confirmed a few days ago shutting down deliveries in some areas ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to New York City and Philadelphia this week.

Package deliveries will be delayed deliveries in the following ZIP codes, as per UPS:

  • New York City: 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10029
  • Philadelphia: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147

“Package pick ups and deliveries will be unavailable in areas of New York City on Thursday and Friday, and in areas of Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday,” MacRumors wrote.


“UPS has been in communication with customers ahead of time about the impacts of the Pope’s visit through handouts, placards on drop boxes and phone, personal and email contact,” the company told MacRumors last week.

“This is very typical for large events like this where there is a lot of security requirements and limitations. UPS has worked through these types of events on multiple occasions. For those ZIP codes that are affected, other alternatives include routing deliveries through UPS My Choice to another location.”


All customers who live in an affected area should expect an email from Apple and/or from UPS or FedEX, confirming the delay.

While the affected customers shouldn’t expect to have their iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus orders delivered before Saturday, UPS and FedEX may allow customers to route packages to an area where deliveries are available.

Source: Sam Biddle