I thought my iPhone 3G S was going to ship out on Monday like everyone else’s did, but no. It’s stayed there unshipped all Monday and all yesterday, until yesterday its status suddenly changed to “Prepared for shipment.” Now it’s been “prepared for shipment” for more than 24 hours. It still hasn’t shipped.
All the privileged press who are in bed with Apple have had their time with the new iPhone for a while now and a whole slew of reviews emerged today with the official release of the iPhone OS 3.0 and the lifting of all those embargoes at about 11am ET today. Some people are bitter about this, and I can’t say I blame them.
The people who all thought they were going to get their iPhones a day early according to their shipment tracking information were somewhat surprised to find that delivery was being held until the 19th because
“THE RECEIVER REQUESTED A HOLD FOR A FUTURE DELIVERY DATE. UPS WILL ATTEMPT DELIVERY ON DATE REQUESTED”
Of course, none of these receivers requested this. Evidently UPS, like the privileged press who have been fondling their iPhone 3G Ss for a while now, is also in bed with Apple.
And this brings us back to my poor iPhone 3G S. It hasn’t even shipped yet. It’s prepared. But it’s just waiting. Will it actually ship and arrive on the 19th or are Apple and UPS too concerned about making sure that the Apple-approved press have their reviews out for two days before actual iPhone 3G Ss begin arriving in regular users’ hands to worry about getting those phones to the customers who ordered them when they said they would? Is this little “hold onto those shipments from China” routine going to prevent my iPhone 3G S from shipping on time to arrive on the 19th?
Aside: It also appears that Apple wasn’t really ready for the onslaught of people downloading the new iPhone OS 3.0, as some people have reported having difficulty downloading, installing, and re-activating their iPhones. Not only that, but a whole slew of apps released updates to be more compatible with iPhone OS 3.0 and those appear to be having problems installing too.
ps—I’m secretly hoping that writing this post magically changes my order status to shipped complete with tracking number, so I can stop thinking about it.