7:03 am - 09/16/2012

Apple iPhone 5 US Pre-Orders Sell Out in an Hour


Apple appears to have sold out all initial units of the iPhone 5 in the US in under an hour after accepting pre-orders on its website today (September 14).

The Cupertino-based firm opened pre-orders shortly after midnight Pacific time (8am in the UK), and within just an hour the US website indicated that shipping times had slipped from the expected delivery date of September 21. Those making later pre-orders were told that their handsets would instead ship in two weeks.

An Apple spokesperson did not comment on the report.The UK Apple store website says that buyers of the 32GB model face a wait of "2-3 weeks", while the 16GB and 64GB versions will be dispatched in two weeks.

Despite the iPhone 5 being the most expensive Apple smartphone ever, at £529 for the base model, it appears that consumer demand is massive for the product, which was unveiled by Apple on Wednesday (September 12).

Its predecessor the iPhone 4S took 22 hours to sell out its initial pre-order stock in the US, while the iPhone 4 took 20 hours. But the iPhone 5 seemingly took just 60 minutes to achieve that feat.

The phone comes with a larger 4-inch screen, improved camera technology, a zippier A6 processor, support for superfast LTE connectivity and a new connector and headphones.

Apple intends to ship initial pre-orders and start in-store sales of the iPhone 5 in nine countries, including the US and UK, on September 21. In the firm's most aggressive rollout pattern ever, the smartphone will be available in 100 countries by the end of the year. Apple is expected to shift around 6 million handsets in the opening weekend of iPhone 5 sales, and could sell a staggering 10m in the first week.

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cpb1220 16th-Sep-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
what's so great about the new iphone? is it worth upgrading from the 4s?
ddlovato 16th-Sep-2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
its an iphone like no other iphone
lockupmytears 16th-Sep-2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
mte I was considering getting it but it's too basic to be that expensive.
simply_inn0cent 16th-Sep-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
No, it's basically the same.
cherrybombx 16th-Sep-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
no, but it is worth upgrading from the 3gs, which is what myself and a lot of other lowly 3gsers are doing.
andres01234 16th-Sep-2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Get a Galaxy S3
hoot 16th-Sep-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
No, other than the shape it doesn't seem THAT much different from the 4S.
d00ditsemily 16th-Sep-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
idg people that always get the new models as soon as they come out. I would still be rocking the 3gs if I didn't wash it in the washing machine so now I have the 4 and will keep it until it dies
ronweezy 16th-Sep-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
omg the washing machine
d00ditsemily 16th-Sep-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
yeah it got caught up in some laundry, it was sad :( but now i have a Lifeproof case on my 4
shinebrighter 16th-Sep-2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
mte, there is nothing wrong with my 4 so i'm keeping it forever.
duchello 16th-Sep-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
I put my droid x2 in both the washer and dryer this year and somehow its still alive, I dont even know how
cpb1220 16th-Sep-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
ia i wouldn't have upgraded to the 4s if i hadn't shattered the screen on my 4. Sold the shattered phone on ebay for the same amount it cost me to replace it.
hollymarchosias 16th-Sep-2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Same, except mine is pretty much useless except for calls and telling the time.
elvenqueen86 16th-Sep-2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
I have the 4 but I'm upgrading because my contract is up and my warranty ended awhile ago. I figure I'll save up now and get it instead of my phone breaking and not being able to afford a new one, and I don't want to spend money to fix an old one if it won't cost me all that much more to upgrade. I only upgrade after my contracts and warranties expire.

I am geeked about a slightly better camera though, and panorama mode, because I use my iPhone camera for everything, and my current panorama app sucks.
megalixer 16th-Sep-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
same. my 4 still works fine, so I'll keep it until my contract is up and I can get a free upgrade.
nobodynomore 16th-Sep-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Me either. My idiot brother in law had a 4, and bought a 4S for FULL PRICE ($500!!!!!!) just to say he had a 4S. And he still owed my husband over $700...hmmm...

That being said, my 4's wifi thing doesn't connect to anything, and they said I could replace it for a refurbed for $150...so I am waiting until my upgrade in January, to get a brand new 5 for $200.
givemethepeasx 16th-Sep-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
i did that to my ipod too :(
ben_superdetka 16th-Sep-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
consumerism etc. people are idiots.

having said that, i wouldn't mind upgrading from my 3gs. but eh, i'm not daydreaming about it or anything
heliophyte 16th-Sep-2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Meh, if I had the money I would totally upgrade. But I don't, so I'm going to pretend that my current one is somehow better
duchello 16th-Sep-2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
don't worry, if you think hard enough it is

little_kitkat 16th-Sep-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
lockupmytears 16th-Sep-2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
my iphone was stolen I can't even breathe w out it
sky3205 16th-Sep-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
There are ton of ways to track your iphone, have you tried it?
theunreliables 16th-Sep-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
lol iPhones. My Galaxy S2X can do anything it can do and only cost me $225 outright. Srsly, fuck Apple.

Edited at 2012-09-16 01:53 pm (UTC)
andres01234 16th-Sep-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
S2X???? what's that?!?!? why do I have the regular S2?
theunreliables 16th-Sep-2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's just a slight revision that Telus/Koodo put out. I'd rather have the S2, processor is faster.
theunreliables 16th-Sep-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Also, the camera is a different setup, so cases are very hard to find :(
soavantgarde 16th-Sep-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
haha I have the galaxy S and I h8 it :( it freezes and shuts off on me all the time (literally every time I plug in/unplug it from the charger it freezes), and I had to download a different messaging app bc the default one started sending my texts to the wrong people.
grammaire 16th-Sep-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I am a diehard Apple user, but tbh I think it's so lame that every product they release sells out within 2 seconds when I know 90% of those people don't need new phones. It's just wasteful. I know a guy who's obsessed with Mac products, and buys everything they put out, and I mean he's got the money, but he's also got a bunch of iPods and iPhones just laying around. I guess it's collecting~~ but... ugh.
madhubala 16th-Sep-2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
I have a friend like that. Rich bitch. I keep my Apple products till I am bored with them, then give em away.
d00ditsemily 16th-Sep-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
ia. I have a Macbook and an iPhone 4. and my husband has the 3gs, iHome, and we have an ipod or two hanging around we don't use. But we also have a two PC laptops. I'll buy strictly apple if I need something since I've switched over but I'm not going to go freak out and get every new thing that comes out. I do want an ipad tho but I don't really need one so I haven't gotten one.
ecrivais 16th-Sep-2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
I wanted an ipad, then I bought one and guess what? I used it maybe once after having it for three days so I returned it. It's kind of pointless if you do all your computing on an actual computer, especially a laptop you can take with you everywhere.
where_i_begin 16th-Sep-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
It's very strange. I know a few people like that. I like Apple products but, for example, I only replace my iPod when the previous one dies. It's a heck of a lot of money to spend.
anchors_oceans 16th-Sep-2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
mte. i love apple. i have a macbook pro, iphone, ipad, and ipod but i always wait until my contract it up to get a new iphone. i love them but i can wait two year between each. i can wait for the 5.
simply_inn0cent 16th-Sep-2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Me too. I use all of my shit though, the only things lying around are two old ass macbooks that don't even work at all).
my_moloko 16th-Sep-2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I agree. I know a guy who got the first iPhone and then when the second one came out he was all ready to wait in line for that one. What a fucking waste. I just got my first iPhone ever and it's a 4s, I'm hoping it will last at least two years. I didn't replace my Macbook until it was 5 years old and even now my mom still uses it as her own laptop.
andres01234 16th-Sep-2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
D: @ all the tech garbage that's bad for the environment

Edited at 2012-09-16 03:21 pm (UTC)
milkradio 16th-Sep-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
iawtc, but it also bums me out because it feels like they update/upgrade things super frequently so whenever I buy something, it's out of date within 6 months. I guess all tech is like that, but it's especially depressing when you spend so much money on something :|
icyblugurl 16th-Sep-2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
I don't have an iphone, but I do have a 3rd generation itouch that is slow as anything. I've been wanting to upgrade it for a while now when the 4th generation came out, but now the itouch 5 is coming out soon, so going to wait until then to buy it.
ericasays 16th-Sep-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
gurl, wait for the refurbs, so much cheaper. that's how i bought all my ipods and touches. the only thing i buy new are the phones.
courtkneee1 17th-Sep-2012 12:55 am (UTC)
what do u mean by refurbs?
kamikashi 16th-Sep-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
I do the exact same thing as the other commenter. Buy the cheaper refurbished iPods but the new iPhones. The refurbs work and last just as well. I even get my laptops refurbished (altho I don't buy macs). I do new phones cuz tbh there's more likelihood something might go wrong with refurbs cuz even with new ones it's sorta the same lol.
ladypolitik 16th-Sep-2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
If you're coming from 3rd generation, I'd argue not getting 5 unless it comes with a awesome plan/price/services bundle, or something. But if you can get the 4s for MUCH cheaper, might as well save the cash for a model that is not that much different from the latest generation. Even the 4 makes HUUUUGE leaps and bounds, feature-wise, from the early 3 gen models, so you still get a notable upgrade + savings.
bluetina11 16th-Sep-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
I also have a 3rd gen iPod touch, and mine is also slow. The iOS 5 update basically killed it, it even sucks at playing music now. So i decided to pre order the blue iPod touch! Can't wait till next month now!
the_landlady 16th-Sep-2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
I've had an iphone since they first came out and I'm seriously considering switching to the droid. My friend has a samsung galaxy s3 and it is AMAZING.

I feel like the iphone peaked.
vervain 16th-Sep-2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
same i wanted one but now i just feel meh about them. think i've just been exhausted by technology.
allfourone 16th-Sep-2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Galaxy S III is honestly the best phone on the market. I have one, and I am a huge phone nerd + tech support agent. Honestly invest in a android.
invisible_cunt 16th-Sep-2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
flawless ghodling stan,
sell me on the galaxy

i have a bberry (i know, i know)
and when i upgrade i'd probably go iphone bc i love and am familiar with apple products
and androids are a different language for me
persephonefive 16th-Sep-2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
The HTC One X is the best phone on the market lbr here
likeforeverago 16th-Sep-2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Typing this from my SIII and I love this damn phone!
simply_inn0cent 16th-Sep-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Well it's only because of the name. Slap an apple logo on the Lumia or Galaxy and boom. That shit will sell like hotcakes.
andres01234 16th-Sep-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
I have an S2 and couldn't be happier
chantemarissa 16th-Sep-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
the GS3 is FLAWLESS. omg best phone I've EVER had.
destroyedatsea 17th-Sep-2012 08:11 am (UTC)
yeah S3 is the best thing ever. My friend just switched from 4S to S3 and cannot keep her paws off it. We S-Beam all the time.
fabouluz 16th-Sep-2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
When I upgrade, should I get this one?
revelried 16th-Sep-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
nah, just get a 4s
madhubala 16th-Sep-2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Get the 5.
innocentanalyst 16th-Sep-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I plan on getting the 5 when my contract ends in Dec, which is good since I plan on upgrading my really old iPod for the new Nano.
anchors_oceans 16th-Sep-2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
i have a 4 and it's pretty perfect imo. i don't want that siri stuff. i just moved from the US to the UK so i'm just going to get another 4 compatible over here. it's the cheapest option.
simply_inn0cent 16th-Sep-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
No, go with the 4s.
bakemonos 16th-Sep-2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
It would be silly of you to get the 4s when you will be able to get the 5. That's what I'm doing in November.
ladypolitik 16th-Sep-2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Pricing matters, though. If you're going to blow a few extra hundred dollars for a new model whose main draw is a bigger screen, then there's no point; might as well switch to Android Galaxy III. 4S already has all the important upgrades from both 3 gen models and 4. Might as well wait for generation 6 or 7 iPhone, or whenever Apple decides to add unique features that werent already put out by its competitors 6 months prior.
andres01234 16th-Sep-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a 4G phone, so you can use it longer
chantemarissa 16th-Sep-2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
NO. get the GS3
kamikashi 16th-Sep-2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
If you know you will be upgrading for sure, get the 5. If you are just some person who already has a 4S and wants to sell it and buy the 5, that's when I would say not to get it.
ladypolitik 16th-Sep-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
ONLY if you presently own a really, really, really, older generation iPhone (like one of the generation "3" models).

Also, only if you're really keen on getting a "bigger screen". The 5 is essentially 4s with a bigger screen...So if you can get a 4s for MUCH cheaper than a 5, and dont care about screen big-ness or whatever, you'll be fine upgrading to 4s.

If you already have the 4s, then dont bother, gurl. Save your money, srsly. Or get the latest Android, or wait for iPhone 11. LOL

Edited at 2012-09-16 04:53 pm (UTC)
effervescent 16th-Sep-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Imo it's always smart to get the most recent version of a phone if you can afford to. It'll be supported longer and usually has a better processor etc to do everything you want it to do.
brrylimesublime 16th-Sep-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
What carrier are you on and what state are you in? I upgraded to the 4S early when I moved to Texas because AT&T has like no 3G service here but there's 4G LTE everywhere and the 4S runs 4G (only on AT&T). Without doing that I couldn't even get text messages on my 4.

I would say that you should get the 5 because it runs 4G LTE on every carrier that has 4G LTE and that's going to give you the best possible coverage either way since they're all upgrading (or upgraded already). The chip is also faster and the camera is better. As well as longer talk time and stand-by time. I mean you want this phone to last you two years until you're next upgrade and the network tech is changing in a way that will accommodate this phone better than the previous ones...
allfourone 16th-Sep-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)


I work tech support over the phones for AT&T
I already hate every iPhone user in the world but OMG PEOPLE YOU DO NOT NEED THIS iPHONE. YOU DON'T NEED IT.

I have people who are like trying to open 2nd lines just so they can get the iphone, filing fake insurance claims. PAYING $250 EARLY UPGRADE FEE + $36 UPGRADE FEE + THE PRICE OF THE PHONE.
duchello 16th-Sep-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
eekkk at that pricing
vervain 16th-Sep-2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
my heart palpitates at the money being spent on it.
d00ditsemily 16th-Sep-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Maybe one day I will talk to you over on at&t but you probably won't want to because I never call unless I'm irritated, but I try to be nice at least.
allfourone 16th-Sep-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I always totally understand why people are irritated tbh and I try to treat people as I would want someone to treat me. :)
bittermunchkin 16th-Sep-2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
It's all so irrational, I just can't. Not nearly as bad as people who only web browse and jack around in photoshop that drop 2K on a laptop though.
walker_sarah 16th-Sep-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
since you said you are a huge phone nerd what do you think about Nokia Lumia 920?

ecrivais 16th-Sep-2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Oh my god you should have seen the butthurt morons on macrumors. There were like a million threads saying, "FUCK AT&T" because they couldn't get the fully subsidized price since they got the 4s last year.
devourlove 16th-Sep-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
cringing all over at that money.
brrylimesublime 16th-Sep-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hey AT&T person... What's the deal with AT&T in Austin? I just moved here and the 4 had no freaking service even text messages almost everywhere but I upgrade to the 4S and I have service (guessing because the 4S supports 4G only on AT&T). Since they have 4G LTE everywhere here would it be worth upgrading at some point to the 5 since it supports full 4G LTE and perhaps would have better service?

Also what do you think of the Samsung Note and the Galaxy III? I'm guessing you have a better feel for that considering you would see if customers are having issues...
teamdowney 16th-Sep-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
I worked for Verizon. I know your pain bb.
nene718 16th-Sep-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
ugh that is disgusting
banabee 16th-Sep-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
lmao wow
noahbb 17th-Sep-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
i have to pay $100 upgrade fee + the price of the phone itself (which i want the 64gb). it will replace my camera + ipod touch, so that is two less items i need to carry (will be giving them to parents).

do you think it's worth it for me? :\ three years contract, btw
anus 16th-Sep-2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Do the people that always line up to get the new phone pay full price? I can't imagine they can always upgrade when it becomes available.
brandon198403 16th-Sep-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine paying that much for a phone outright. I always wait for the upgrade.
nuravecunt 16th-Sep-2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
I work at a place where we got A LOT of foreign tourists and they will seriously drop so much money on the iPhone. I get that it's like $300 something dollars cheaper in the states but thats still expensive for a phone ESPECIALLY when you get it for your 12 year old. i would never.
andi88 16th-Sep-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Not with AT&T at least. I spoke with someone there last Saturday and they said that with Apple phones you only have to pay an upgrade fee which is ~$200 and then you can get the phone at contract price. Also if you turn in your old phone you can get money back for it that can go towards the fee cost. Last week before the announcement my 4s was priced at $256 which would have covered the upgrade fee and some of the actual phone price.
saintssin 16th-Sep-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
This seems like such a waste.

I mean, it's really not all that different from the 4s.

brandon198403 16th-Sep-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm still ok with the 4S. I do want the new nano though...but what color to get? Green or blue?

I wish the thing Apple would fix instead of adding all the little gadgets is make texting better. I hate texting on the iphone, all my letters get mashed together when I type too fast lol
madhubala 16th-Sep-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
allfourone 16th-Sep-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I like the green one
holidayy 16th-Sep-2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I like the green.
ponpiri 16th-Sep-2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I like the green too but I would get blue.
bienenkiste 16th-Sep-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
ugh this is so cute tbh i'm tempted to get one
blue is superior ofc
shadowfax 16th-Sep-2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
innocentanalyst 16th-Sep-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I plan on getting the blue one.
maebyfunke 16th-Sep-2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
d00ditsemily 16th-Sep-2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
simply_inn0cent 16th-Sep-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
I am so stoked that these bastards are finally going back to color!

Now bring back the iBook! lol
nalty7 16th-Sep-2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
amore 16th-Sep-2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
devourlove 16th-Sep-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
get the blue.

i'm too in love with my nano to get one of the new touch screen ones. aside from my phone, i honestly am not a fan of everything being touchscreen.
evalize 16th-Sep-2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm confused. If you have a 4 then why get a Nano?
ectypes 16th-Sep-2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
blue. that green is ugly and reminds me of spearmint, the worst flavor of gum on the planet.
brandon198403 16th-Sep-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
LOL omg so true bb
whitegirlthin 16th-Sep-2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
ew the green is so ugly. Get the blue!
pinkprincessnat 16th-Sep-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with my 4 so I'm sticking with it for the near future. I'm keen to see the 5 when its released but I don't need to have it the day its released. I don't get the whole 'got to have it on release date' mentality, whats the big rush!
lil_creamsoda 16th-Sep-2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
I have a 4 and I just couldn't justify paying the $478. I upgrade next month and I'm just going to go with the 4s. I just couldn't give AT&T the satisfaction knowing that I could get that upgrade discount If I wait just 1 more month.

Edited at 2012-09-16 02:03 pm (UTC)
nobodynomore 16th-Sep-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I love iPhones but I think anyone who gets the new one without waiting for their upgrade are total idiots. My iPhone 4 is breaking (wifi is broken, super slow despite clearing it, I think I did something the few times I dropped it badly), and I'm STILL waiting until Jan to upgrade.
brrylimesublime 16th-Sep-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already, make an appointment with the Apple Genius and they'll open the phone and clean it out and make sure everything is connected still and not loose from a bad drop.

Also the AppleCare for the 4S and the 5 is a new plan that's much better than the one for previous phones. Now even if you drop the phone, even in water, all smashed up, etc. you get a brand new phone at the Apple retail store for $50. I forget what the limit is on that 5 times a year I think? And if it's an issue that something isn't working and your phone looks to be in good condition, they will exchange it for free! I had people telling me that I sounded garbled occasionally and they gave me a new phone for free!

Make sure you get the AppleCare when you upgrade.
ectypes 16th-Sep-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
478!?!?!?! JFC!

I've had my 4 for almost a year and there is no way I would ever upgrade after only having a phone for a year.
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