How to Accurately Track Your iPhone 4S When Apple’s Order Page Says “Preparing for Shipment”

Needless to say, the last few days have been both frustrating and exciting. Exciting because I was among the first to order my iPhone 4S on Friday morning; frustrating because Apple’s order status page still reads “Preparing for Shipment”.

This wouldn’t be so annoying if it weren’t for the fact that most of the iDB staff received shipment notifications a while ago.

I know, first world problems indeed, but a problem it was. Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy way to gather accurate results about the whereabouts of your new iPhone 4S. I show you how in this video tutorial…


As you can see from the video, UPS’ and FedEx’s track by reference is a great tool to have, not just for the iPhone 4S, but for any item that you’re anxiously awaiting.

Using this method, you can instead use referential material in a way that allows you to pin down the location of your new iPhone.

And Apple, I understand that your servers are bogged down from your 1 million plus pre-orders, but you just can’t play with a man’s heart like this.

I can’t guarantee this will work, especially if your item hasn’t actually shipped, but it did work for me.

Did track by reference help you? If so, let me know in the comments below!

Note: A reader points out that it’s also handy to click “Request Status Updates” on the UPS page, to get text alerts about the whereabouts of your iPhone 4S. I did this, and indeed, it’s a great way to keep tabs on your device, without visiting the website every five minutes. Thanks Christopher!