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iPhone 5 pre-order shipping dates extended to up to 4 weeks

Users who want to get an iPhone 5 by the post (i.e those who purchase online) will have to wait up to four weeks to get their hands on the new smartphone.

That’s up from the previous two - three week estimate, which means that you will possibly be better off grabbing the handset from a nearby Apple store from Friday onwards.

The lengthy wait time shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, given that Apple has said that more than two million iPhone 5s were sold in less than 24 hours. Meanwhile, Carphone Warehouse, the biggest independent phone vendor in the UK, confirmed that the phone was the fastest selling model it has ever stocked.

But then, it is also very likely that those ordering SIM-free, unlocked devices directly from Apple are at the bottom of the list of the company's priorities, behind PAYG and pay monthly contract customers and those buying from brick-and-mortar stores.

You can win an iPhone 5 in our iPhone 5 competition by answering a simple question about what generation the Phone 5 is. Check the ITProPortal live report on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5, we saw new iPod devices but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display. You can also check out our list of iPhone 5 contracts available in the UK - all 86 of them.

Source: Apple

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