Apple Buyers Face Two Weeks’ Delay As iPhone 5 Sells Fast On Pre-Order

If you can’t face waiting for a minimum two weeks’ delivery time, try pre-ordering at Walmart, where the iPhone 5 under contract is priced $10 cheaper than in the Apple Store.

Apple Buyers Face Two Weeks’ Delay As iPhone 5 Sells Fast On Pre-Order

Anyone hoping to pre-order an iPhone 5 from the Apple Store today might find a bit of a wait in store between placing their order and actually getting their hands on the device. Although only available since one minute past midnight this morning, demand seems to be such that, five hours in, it has pushed delivery time to two weeks, way past the expected on-sale date of 21 September.

Consumers may have a little more luck if they saunter down to their local Walmart, says Bloomberg. The retail giant is selling the iPhone for the first time–and they’re taking orders from 8 a.m. this morning, pricing the phone at $189.97, that’s $10.02 cheaper than the Apple Store.

And, perhaps in a move to stamp out the grumbling about the new connector, Apple has announced that it is to throw in free lightning-to-30-pin adaptors with every iPhone 5 purchase. It’s not clear, however, just how free the adaptor is, as the purchase process on the Apple Store also seems to suggest that if you buy one connector–a snip at $39–they will throw in the adaptor for free so that you can have a spare one at the office. Hey, some of us work from home.

Visit our main Fast Feed page to keep up with the news.

About the author

My writing career has taken me all round the houses over the past decade and a half--from grumpy teens and hungover rock bands in the U.K., where I was born, via celebrity interviews, health, tech and fashion in Madrid and Paris, before returning to London, where I now live. For the past five years I've been writing about technology and innovation for U.S.