iPhone 5 pre-orders sell out

The much-hyped iPhone 5 may have received mixed reviews but it's proving a hit with consumers.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Immediately after going on sale at midnight in the US, iPhone 5 pre-orders were quickly being snapped up. Apple-lovers were so keen to get their hands on the latest model that Apple’s online store quickly became jammed and customers trying to order online were greeted with the sign ‘we’ll be back.’

Despite the glitch, the Apple Store ran out of pre-order stock less than an hour after orders began. Orders placed now are scheduled to ship in two weeks. In the UK, Orange’s online store went offline amid the buying frenzy (far be it for MT to suggest this might all be part of the hype…).

Apple said this is the most aggressive iPhone rollout in the company’s history. The iPhone 5 will initially be sold in nine countries, including the UK and the US, on 21 September, with other countries following later.

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