It took just one hour following the launch of iPhone 5 pre-orders at 12:01 AM last night for shipping estimates on the device to slip by two weeks. Apple has experienced exponential demand for the iPhone since its launch five years ago, with each new model outselling the previous generation device by a significant margin. Those looking to pre-order the new iPhone 5 in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia and United Kingdom will now have to wait approximately two weeks for the handset to ship from Apple’s overseas supply chain.
Apple’s new iPhone 5 features an all-new aluminum unibody chassis design with a taller 4-inch display, redesigned speaker grills, smaller dock connector and LTE connectivity. The handset is also the thinnest and lightest iPhone to date, while packing a powerful A6 processor. While customers can continue to place pre-orders through Apple, Walmart and carriers including Sprint and Verizon Wireless, the iPhone 5 will launch in-stores at Apple retail locations on September 21st at 8:00 AM local time. Expect long lineups.