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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

  • B.A.M.F.

    On the first paragraph, shouldn’t you have put Saturday instead of Sunday?

  • Chris


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  • Juan Genao

    Why not just deliver them early ?

    • Rowan09

      I would really like to know who’s early on the UPS schedule. They always deliver to me by 7-8PM

      • Darryll4sh0

        The the driver has to follow a computerized route that is deemed the most efficient. There isn’t any biases.

    • Fanboy 

      OR, just have your carrier hold the package Friday and you can go bright early in the morning when they open (usually 8am) and just pick it up 🙂

  • Ron G

    Another reason why religion ruins everything

  • TheShade247

    First world problem

  • Ask the Pope why god didn’t give everybody a free iphone 6s when the Universe was created

    • Jim B

      Just imagine if there’s a god to start with.
      The sheperd is coming so you sheep better get ready

    • MadeInNY

      She did, it’s just not in your particular universe. You didn’t think She created only one universe, did you?

  • Starman_Andromeda

    Headline wording need changing!

    It reads as if people are getting their phones early *because* of the Pope’s visit!

    “Apple confirms some NYC customers will get their iPhone 6s on Saturday due to Pope visit”

    It sounded as if Apple wanted to make sure that people could photograph the Pope with their new iPhones!

    This might have conveyed it better!

    “Apple confirms some NYC customers will NOT get their iPhone 6s on Friday due to Pope visit”

  • Dalton

    Has anyone not gotten a shipping email yet? preordererd my 6S rose gold @ 3 am, got all confirmation emails and such. But the Apple Website still has my order as “Preparing for shipment” but It says “Delivered 9/25 by Standard Delivery”…. am I the only one in this boat?

    • M_thoroughbred

      The alway do that to me and ship it next day. Thursday you should see the delivery confirmation