Heavy rush for iPhone 5, first lot sold, waiting list getting bigger

Apple today began taking pre-orders for the recently launched iPhone 5, the latest iteration of its iconic smartphone. Within a few hours, the Apple Store website showed shipping time of two weeks for all variants of the device -- 16, 32 and 64GB.

As with all iPhone launches, Apple has received a tremendous response for the recently unveiled device. The first lot of all-new iPhone 5 will be shipped on September 21, while the devices being sold at the time of writing this story were scheduled to be delivered on September 28, a week later. Apple has also put two devices-per-user limit on its online store.

When pre-booking for iPhone 5 started, many buyers encountered problems on the website, such as store under maintenance message, reported CNET. The overwhelming online sales response indicates that those who choose to buy iPhone 5 from Apple stores and carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint should gear up for long lines and hours of waiting.

Apple iPhone 5 features a 4-inch Retina HD display, A6 processor that is twice as fast as iPhone 4S, iOS 6 and 4G LTE compatibility. Unveiled on September 12, it is the first iPhone to come out since the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

In the US, the 16, 32 and 64GB variants of the device are available at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, while the unlocked versions will cost $649, $749 and $849. The prices of unlocked iPhone 5 in Canada, UK, France, Singapore and Hong Kong have been revealed, while prices of the same for India have not been disclosed yet.


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