It took only one hour of pre-orders for Apple to sell out all the iPhone 5 stock. Due to the fact that the demand stands so high, Apple had to delay the shipments with two weeks.
The orders for the iPhone 5 began on Friday at midnight PST on Apple’s website and after an hour the shipping notes changed from Sept. 21 to Sept. 28. iPhone lovers that didn’t go the chance to pre-order the device have also the option to purchase it on Sept. 21 form a retail store.
So far, Apple gave no information concerning the number of ordered iPhone 5 devices, but there’s no doubt that huge lines of customers that pre-ordered or not the iPhone 5 will be lingering in front of the Apple Stores. Talking of this practice, Samsung is preparing a new commercial that makes fun of Apple’s users.
So far, Apple used to introduce its new devices at special organized events and to start the shipments several days following the event. Let’s take for example the release of iPhone 4S; it was introduced on October 4 and released on the market on October 7.
According to iMore’s sources, this year Apple plans to release the new iPhone on September 12, as already announced, and to start the pre-orders at the same day. The September 12 release is available only in U.S. while on the international markets iPhone 5 pre-orders will begin most likely on October 5.
The news that Apple plans two waves of iPhone 5 pre-orders came from iMore’s trusted sources that proved reliable also in the past.
“The information on Apple pre-orders comes from sources that have provided iMore with accurate iPhone related launch dates in the past. The information on the international launches comes from sources that have provided our network, Mobile Nations, with accurate information in the past.”
To find out more details about iPhone 5’s release in September and about why this event may be Apple’s most special event so far, check Rene Ritchie’s article on iMore.