So, the wait hasn’t exactly been long, but the iPhone 5 is now available for purchase in the United States. Those who were fortunate enough to pre-order in the first hour or so of availability last Friday morning should see their phones arrive sometime today; later pre-orderers will have to wait a few days or weeks. If you order now may have to wait up to a month.
If you didn’t pre-order and want a chance at nabbing an iPhone 5 today, you can try your luck at Apple, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint retail stores, or check out third-party retailers like WalMart or Best Buy.
Let the games begin…
Last month when the iPhone 4S was about to go up for pre-order, I discovered that – for the first time in my three-plus years as an AT&T iPhone user – I wouldn’t be eligible for a subsidized upgrade at launch; I’d have to wait until late November to get a 4S at the discounted $199 price. Frankly, I was aggravated, but set about waiting for AT&T to let me renew my contract and get the latest and greatest.
Dreams of Siri danced in my head.
Then last week I had the opportunity to review an iPhone 4S (the Verizon 16GB Black model), and after spending several days with the handset, I’ve decided that my iPhone 4 will suit me just fine until the iPhone 5 is released, probably in the summer of 2012. And if you’re an iPhone 4 owner waiting for your own subsidized upgrade, read on – the same may be true for you.
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There’s fun to be had waiting in line on Day One for the latest iPhone, but for most it’s much more appealing to have a friendly FedEx guy or gal drop off a new iPhone right at your home or office. Problem is, in order to get a iPhone 4S on the date of release – which is Friday, October 14th – you’ll need to place your pre-order as quickly as possible.
And it looks like that will be shortly after midnight Pacific time, on Friday, October 7th.
Apple will reportedly begin taking orders at 12:01AM on that day, but that’ll be 12:01 California time. Meaning that, if you live on the east coast, you’ll need to start your manic browser refreshes at 3:00AM.
No word on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint pre-order times, but we’ll let you know.
When Apple announces the next-gen iPhone later this month, the current iPhone 4 (or a version of it) will continue to be sold as a more affordable alternative. This is a safe assumption as the iPhone 3G continued to be sold alongside the iPhone 3GS, and the 3GS is still available for purchase today – fifteen months after the iPhone 4’s release – as a budget option.
Accepting that this model will continue, the question is: how will the iPhone 4 change when it shifts from Apple’s flagship product to a lower-priced alternative?
Of course, one option is status quo, minus the premium price. Carriers could continue to sell the 16GB iPhone 4 as-is for, say, $99 on contract, to offer a more attractive entry price to would-be iPhone owners or legacy iPhone users who haven’t yet upgraded. This is certainly possible, but given current market realities and Apple’s history of bold action, a more significant change seems warranted.
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June and July have traditionally been the months new iPhones have arrived on store shelves, but this year was different. June, July and even August passed without word from Cupertino, and Apple’s delay has understandably led to a great deal of speculation about exactly when this year’s iPhone model(s) would be released.
And while we still don’t know, leaks, business planning and other information all seem now to point to October as the month we’ll get our hands on the iPhone – be it iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S.
Item: MacRumors reported last month that Apple was eying either October 7th or 14th as the iPhone 5 – or whatever it’ll be called – launch date. These are both Fridays, which would be in line with previous iPhone release days.
Item 1: BGR posted a purportedly leaked BestBuy memo showing that pre-orders of the iPhone 5 will begin the first week of October.
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