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The first batch of iPhone 4 deliveries are now in transit from China, with Apple sending FedEx notifications indicating a June 24 delivery date.

Last friday, Apple began marking orders as "prepared for shipment," but now a variety of readers have reported getting iPhone 4 shipment notifications from Apple.

Most of the reports indicate a "delivers by" date of June 24, the same day retail store sales begin, although some have said their shipment notifications state a ship by date of June 23.

FedEx estimates an arrival time on the delivery date "by 4:30 PM." Apple may request shippers to send items in advance but then hold them for delivery until the launch date, but some readers were shipped iPads a day or two ahead of the planned ship date.

Tracking information shows the devices are shipping directly from Lantau Island, Hong Kong, the FedEx shipping site at Hong Kong International Airport.
post #2 of 60
I can't wait for the iPhone 4 to ship, have it's tear down (part infinity), review, user comments....

then maybe Apple can focus on actual computers like the iMac and Mac Pro, which look like the proverbial evolutionary dead end.

What happened to you Apple? You used to be someone I could trust.
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Originally Posted by Vandelay Industries View Post

I can't wait for the iPhone 4 to ship, have it's tear down (part infinity), review, user comments....

then maybe Apple can focus on actual computers like the iMac and Mac Pro, which look like the proverbial evolutionary dead end.

What happened to you Apple? You used to be someone I could trust.

huh? there's nothing that sucks in the latest i5/i7 imac. Best desktop / screen available. Not getting this comment at all.

But that's off topic.

I'm hoping they don't cancel my reserved phone! lol.
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huh? there's nothing that sucks in the latest i5/i7 imac. Best desktop / screen available. Not getting this comment at all.

I'm lamenting the loss of Apple's focus solely on computers. And I'm selfishly taking it out on a thread relating to the iPhone, the newest 20-something blonde on the block.
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I'm lamenting the loss of Apple's focus solely on computers. And I'm selfishly taking it out on a thread relating to the iPhone, the newest 20-something blonde on the block.

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Interesting that Apple is tracking individual iPhones (and other products) all the way from China. I guess it must be faster, cheaper, and maybe also more secure to initiate the tracking process there instead of shipping bulk freight and then FedEx-ing from warehouses in the U.S.

Of course, items to be sold in the brick and mortar Apple Stores are probably still shipped in bulk, possibly by sea instead of air. Slower but much cheaper, I'm guessing.

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The one from Apple has shipped and is stating a Thursday delivery whilst the one from AT&T still shows 'In Progress". Both have had the funds withdrawn from my account.


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I'm lamenting the loss of Apple's focus solely on computers. And I'm selfishly taking it out on a thread relating to the iPhone, the newest 20-something blonde on the block.

You're lamenting that evolution and technical progress of technology? \ Apple sells as many Macs in a quarter than it did in a year just 4 years ago, the current Mac line up is the best they've ever produced.

Companies do what you are doing which is often why they end failing. You think of Apple as a computer company not as a consumer electronics or electronics company. They tried being a "computer company" and they almost went under. Most 'oil companies' do this, too. They should see themselves as energy companies and use their untold billions in profit to secure their future with the next generation of supplying energy to the world.


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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

Interesting that Apple is tracking individual iPhones (and other products) all the way from China. I guess it must be faster, cheaper, and maybe also more secure to initiate the tracking process there instead of shipping bulk freight and then FedEx-ing from warehouses in the U.S.

Of course, items to be sold in the brick and mortar Apple Stores are probably still shipped in bulk, possibly by sea instead of air. Slower but much cheaper, I'm guessing.

I would think by now they can scan an item once for a crate which then gets scanned in for a shipping container or whatever and have all the items auto populate from the single larger scan. if not, they should do it.

I also have an idea for delivery system which already sends the delivered data to their servers and very quickly make that available to users on web to recompile the delivery time window every time the driver makes a delivery so you can better judge the time for the delivery. To me, this seems like it wouldn't be prohibitively expensive and if users knew right when their package was to be delivered the driver would be able to save time on a few stops per day saving time in the long run, especially with all of us waiting anxiously for our iPhones.
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Originally Posted by solipsism View Post

You're lamenting that evolution and technical progress of technology? \ Apple sells as many Macs in a quarter than it did in a year just 4 years ago, the current Mac line up is the best they've ever produced.

You're forgetting the Mac Pro.. you work for Apple?

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Companies do what you are doing which is often why they end failing. You think of Apple as a computer company not as a consumer electronics or electronics company. They tried being a "computer company" and they almost went under.

This is all 100% true. I recognize and understand Apple's business model.

I was lamenting, romanticizing the past. Guess that doesn't translate into text very well.

All excellent points solipsism. Now let me fantasize about BD, Final Cut, and Mr Jobs leading the industry by introducing Light Peak in January 2011... lol
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Originally Posted by Vandelay Industries View Post

You're forgetting the Mac Pro.. you work for Apple?

This is all 100% true. I recognize and understand Apple's business model.

I was lamenting, romanticizing the past. Guess that doesn't translate into text very well.

All excellent points solipsism. Now let me fantasize about BD, Final Cut, and Mr Jobs leading the industry by introducing Light Peak in January 2011... lol

Lamenting the loss of focus on Pro Macs and software I'll give you.
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post #10 of 60
i got an email from Apple that mines has shipped and will be delivered by FedEx on the 23.

I can't wait!
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Im praying that my AT&T pre-order is updated tomorrow to shipped status.... I also got one reserved at the apple store on release day.
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On a related topic...

Anybody know if or where there is current / updated information on the world wide shipping schedules?
(18 countries July; 24 in Aug; 40 in Sept)

Edit: Also, anyone know if orders are on schedule for the other countries scheduled for June 24 along with the U.S.?
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Originally Posted by Vandelay Industries View Post

I'm lamenting the loss of Apple's focus solely on computers. And I'm selfishly taking it out on a thread relating to the iPhone, the newest 20-something blonde on the block.

I think it says something that they released the mac mini with no fanfare. I don't know for sure what it says, but it's odd.
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So what are Apple's plans for all the old iPhones? Are they encouraging people to recycle them? Resell them? Put them in a closet? With 600,000 iPhone 4's already pre-ordered, that's a lot of new electronic waste in the next week. Unfortunately, used/eBay/Craigslist selling market is going to be saturated like no other. Great time for someone on AT&T to pick up a cheap 3GS off-contract or 3G. Only to be replaced by the iPhone WiMax/CDMA/3G/LTE/4G in 12 months with customizable ICONS!
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I think it says something that they released the mac mini with no fanfare. I don't know for sure what it says, but it's odd.

That is an interesting point. They've events for products that have barely changed and this drastic remodel with an excessively engineered case gets nothing. I have to think this basic case design will arty over to other products shortly. Like the AEBS, Time Capsule, AppleTV Extreme and Apple Home Server.
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Can anyone that ordered through ATT confirm that their credit card has been charged? I still show "In Progress" as my order status and no charge on my card.
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Originally Posted by estolinski View Post

Can anyone that ordered through ATT confirm that their credit card has been charged? I still show "In Progress" as my order status and no charge on my card.

Unfortunately, no. I also ordered from ATT and it still says in progress with no charge. I'm assuming that this will change tomorrow. I'm having it shipped to the store so... Let's hope I'm not slain by the mobs
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Your poor, poor souls...stuck on AT&T for another 2 years!
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post #19 of 60
Anyone know if FedEx will allow the receiver to hold the package at the local station before the first delivery? I won't be home on Thursday...
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Your poor, poor souls...stuck on AT&T for another 2 years!

It's true.. But maybe they'll get their superfast network up by christmas... I hope... I don't like long contracts at all. But I've been an iphone owner since the 2G and haven't upgraded since then haha so I'm dying for this new phone enough to put up with them \
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Originally Posted by Vandelay Industries View Post

then maybe Apple can focus on actual computers like the ...Mac Pro...What happened to you Apple? You used to be someone I could trust.

I second that. We've been waiting for an updated Mac Pro for about a half a year now. This thing hasn't received a major update in 474 days.

I know all of the iCrap is paying the bills now Apple, but please don't forget your professional users.
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Your poor, poor souls...stuck on AT&T for another 2 years!

I figure that if Apple opens it up to either Verizon or T-Mobile, the fleeing customers may relieve the network problems to some extent. Win win.
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My iPhone 4 32GB order was randomly cancelled by Apple. Got two identical emails from Apple:
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Dear Customer,

We were unable to complete the authorization process for your iPhone
order. As a result, we had to cancel your iPhone order. To complete the
purchase of your iPhone, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an AT&T
company-owned retail store.

To locate an Apple Retail Store near you, please visit
<http://www.apple.com/retail/storelist/>.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Apple Online Store Team
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AT&T confirmed my account is eligible and good for an authorization. Today I called Apple, waited almost an hour, a rep told me that that I need to go to a retail AT&T store to sort it out because Apple can't help me. So I went to AT&T store. A rep there told me that since I placed my order with Apple and Apple cancelled it, AT&T can't help me as they have no idea why the order was cancelled, and that I should go back to Apple. Here goes down the drain my father's day.
The two mega-corporations are footballing me back and forth, forcing me to waste more of my time, and no one wants to take any responsibility. Meanwhile, Apple's pre-authorization on my credit card has been keeping over $300 frozen. Go figure...
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Originally Posted by estolinski View Post

Can anyone that ordered through ATT confirm that their credit card has been charged? I still show "In Progress" as my order status and no charge on my card.

AT&T will charge you when the iPhone ship... that's what the email said that I received.....
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My iPhone 4 32GB order was randomly cancelled by Apple. Got two identical emails from Apple:
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Dear Customer,

We were unable to complete the authorization process for your iPhone
order. As a result, we had to cancel your iPhone order. To complete the
purchase of your iPhone, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an AT&T
company-owned retail store.

To locate an Apple Retail Store near you, please visit
<http://www.apple.com/retail/storelist/>.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Sincerely,
Apple Online Store Team
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AT&T confirmed my account is eligible and good for an authorization. Today I called Apple, waited almost an hour, a rep told me that that I need to go to a retail AT&T store to sort it out because Apple can't help me. So I went to AT&T store. A rep there told me that since I placed my order with Apple and Apple cancelled it, AT&T can't help me as they have no idea why the order was cancelled, and that I should go back to Apple. Here goes down the drain my father's day.
The two mega-corporations are footballing me back and forth, forcing me to waste more of my time, and no one wants to take any responsibility. Meanwhile, Apple's pre-authorization on my credit card has been keeping over $300 frozen. Go figure...

That sucks.
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Originally Posted by enature View Post

My iPhone 4 32GB order was randomly cancelled by Apple. Got two identical emails from Apple:
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Dear Customer,

We were unable to complete the authorization process for your iPhone
order. As a result, we had to cancel your iPhone order. To complete the
purchase of your iPhone, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an AT&T
company-owned retail store.

I feel for you. That really sucks. Call your local news media outlet and have them do a "on your side" story. Maybe you'll get a free iPhone4 like that lady with the iPad.
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Originally Posted by daving313 View Post

So what are Apple's plans for all the old iPhones? Are they encouraging people to recycle them? Resell them? Put them in a closet? With 600,000 iPhone 4's already pre-ordered, that's a lot of new electronic waste in the next week. Unfortunately, used/eBay/Craigslist selling market is going to be saturated like no other. Great time for someone on AT&T to pick up a cheap 3GS off-contract or 3G. Only to be replaced by the iPhone WiMax/CDMA/3G/LTE/4G in 12 months with customizable ICONS!

I already posted my 3g on Ebay...set the ending date for Saturday 6/26. I pick up my reserved iphone 4 on Thursday. If there are any issues, I can just cancel the auction. Wanted to beat the rush/saturation of posting on ebay (hopefully not TOO many other people had this idea!)
post #28 of 60
Apple has taken great care to ensure that all deliveries are executed with the professionalism its customers expect. As a result Apple is using FEDEX, UPS , and other carriers in certain areas to guarantee 6/24 or earlier delivery.

IN OTHER WORDS STOP WORRYING!
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Originally Posted by AppDev View Post

i got an email from Apple that mines has shipped and will be delivered by FedEx on the 23.

I can't wait!

Same with mine! It says that it left Fedex's Shenzhen, CN location 4.30 am, June 20 (local time).
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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

Interesting that Apple is tracking individual iPhones (and other products) all the way from China. I guess it must be faster, cheaper, and maybe also more secure to initiate the tracking process there instead of shipping bulk freight and then FedEx-ing from warehouses in the U.S.

Of course, items to be sold in the brick and mortar Apple Stores are probably still shipped in bulk, possibly by sea instead of air. Slower but much cheaper, I'm guessing.

It is cheaper to have worker bees in China put FedEx labels on 1,000,000 iPhones than to have Umpalumpas do it here.
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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

Interesting that Apple is tracking individual iPhones (and other products) all the way from China. I guess it must be faster, cheaper, and maybe also more secure to initiate the tracking process there instead of shipping bulk freight and then FedEx-ing from warehouses in the U.S.

Of course, items to be sold in the brick and mortar Apple Stores are probably still shipped in bulk, possibly by sea instead of air. Slower but much cheaper, I'm guessing.

It's also interesting and revealing that the "Service type" is "International Economy Distribution"

My guess is that Apple employs FedEx with the added responsibility of "distributing" those 600,000 iPhone 4's, direct from the factory, cheaply and efficiently.
post #32 of 60
HEY HEY HEY!!!!

i went to the AT&T store on the 15th at 2:15 PM EST...

i just got FED EX info.... sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My "estimated delivery date" is June 23rd by 10:30 am.
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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

Interesting that Apple is tracking individual iPhones (and other products) all the way from China. I guess it must be faster, cheaper, and maybe also more secure to initiate the tracking process there instead of shipping bulk freight and then FedEx-ing from warehouses in the U.S.

Of course, items to be sold in the brick and mortar Apple Stores are probably still shipped in bulk, possibly by sea instead of air. Slower but much cheaper, I'm guessing.

When I ordered a custom-engraved iPod nano for my wife for Mother's Day, it shipped from Shenzhen, China. They must be shipping them directly from their manufacturing plants or at least close to them.

Now if I could only get a shipment notice from my AT&T upgrade order....I'm not worried about it being pre-emptively cancelled because my card has already been charged.
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Originally Posted by estolinski View Post

Can anyone that ordered through ATT confirm that their credit card has been charged? I still show "In Progress" as my order status and no charge on my card.

I ordered an upgrade through AT&T, and my card has definitely been charged - it went through on either Wednesday or Thursday last week. I received a notification from my bank.
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Anyone know if FedEx will allow the receiver to hold the package at the local station before the first delivery? I won't be home on Thursday...

If you have a tracking number, call Fedex and see. I've had this done successfully in the past, but not always. It depends on if you get a helpful service rep.
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Originally Posted by Mydnyte View Post

If you have a tracking number, call Fedex and see. I've had this done successfully in the past, but not always. It depends on if you get a helpful service rep.

with the iPad and UPS delivery, we were allowed to "PRE-SIGN" for the shipment. i left the approved notice on my door and when i got home, my iPad was waiting for me under my door mat.
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Originally Posted by wprowe View Post

My "estimated delivery date" is June 23rd by 10:30 am.

This happens with every highly anticipated Apple product launch.

Despite the earlier delivery date estimate, the package will be held and not delivered until the date that Apple has requested.

The same thing happens whenever receiving something via one of the cheaper shipping options via some couriers. They could deliver the package earlier but hold it for a day or two such that it gets delivered on the scheduled date. Basically, the couriers have implemented the ability to hold packages such that they can offer different speed shipping options no matter if the total distance traveled is short. This "scheduled delivery date"capability is also used by Apple for highly anticipated products with a hard release date.
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My "estimated delivery date" is June 23rd by 10:30 am.

I have a feeling that will change to the 24th in the next couple of days.
post #40 of 60
just FYI, my confirmation e-mail from Apple when I ordered late night on the first day said ships by July 2.. however it has been shipped from FedEx, coming the June 23rd (which will hold til 24, I assume like it has before)
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