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Apple drops iPhone 4 shipping times, starts iPad engraving

updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue October 26, 2010

Shorter shipping delays suggest holiday push

Apple's online shipping times for the iPhone 4 have again fallen in the US. Models should now ship in one to three business days; as recently as September, it could take up to three weeks for an iPhone to be sent out. Delays began shortening noticeably earlier this month.

The company has still failed to deliver on a promise of a white iPhones, and shipping times remain relatively long outside the US, for instance as much as two weeks in Canada. Combined with the iPad shipping in 24 hours and gaining wider retail distribution though, the change reinforces a heavy push into the holiday shopping season. The iPhone 4 is in fact shipping faster in the US now than the iPhone 3GS, which takes three to five days.

Apple has meanwhile begun allowing laser engravings on iPads. The option was previously reserved for iPods, and isn't available for iPhones. It carries a tradeoff however, as it can significantly hurt resale value.

by MacNN Staff





  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wonder

    if you can do "after market" engraving... would have had mine done if it had been an option...

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bought a 3rd iPhone 4. a gift. I called the local store and they said they had them in stock. No lines, walked right in and picked one up. Was in and out in under 10min plus activation.

    My guess is they have got production up to such a level now that they can meet demand, or at least come closer to it than it was.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It should be noted that demand has not waned for the iPhone 4, and it is quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous doo-dads out there.

    They must be doing round the clock multiple shifts per floor to get it down to 1-3 days.

    As far as in-(apple)store, they have their own supply that has steadily increased in the last 2 months. This supply goes for both new purchase and warrantee replacement.

    Not sure about att stores, though i've noticed they actually recently stopped constantly running out of them each day.

    - A

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Att supply.....

    Wanted to clarify, att store manager actually told me last week that they have been getting 100 or so phones per day vs the previous 20-30. Some stores are getting a lot more, based on demand patterns and "walk in" data, however in some areas, such as a mall, that may have a COR kiosk and a COR store, the kiosk gets some of the phones shipped to the main store to streamline shipping.

    I believe the phones are simply shipped to the store and the individual stock is divided based on the recipient code (bar code).

    This is based on information an att store manager told me.

    - A

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