Apple Inc.'s Senior Vice President Phillip Schiller introducing the iPhone 5. (Photo : Reuters)
Despite some negative responses to Apple's new iPhone 5, the company has been forced to push back shipping dates for the new device after a rush of pre-orders wiped out its stock in less than an hour, CNET reported.
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According to reports, Apple and wireless carriers AT&T and Verizon have pushed shipping dates two weeks after the release date. CNET reported that this could be attributed to an increase in demand, a lack of proper amounts in device stock or a combination of the two.
While some stores like Wal-Mart and Target offer the iPhone 5 preorders for in-store pickup, Verizon and AT&T are experiencing some delay in shipment. Apple is also experiencing shipment delays and list a two to three-week wait for shipment on preorders.
AT&T's website states that shipment of iPhone 5's will take between 14 to 21 business days. Verizon Wireless, however, promises to deliver by September 28. Fellow wireless company, Sprint, is also experiencing two week shipping for the iPhone 5 (16GB), but says shipping for the 32GB and 64GB will be delivered by September 21.
According to CNET, adapters for the Lightning connector are also in limited supply. Apple pushed back shipment for adapters to October on Friday. Lightning to USB Cables, however, will be available for shipment in between two and three weeks.
CNET also notes that iPhone 5 users will receive a different phone experience depending on their carrier. Verizon and Sprint customers will not be able to call and surf the web simultaneously, unlike AT&T customers.
The Apple iPhone 5 will be released on September 21.