Apple’s iPhone 5 has been made available for pre-order in the UK. Apple claims that this is its quickest ever turnaround for a product release, but that’ll only be true if you got in there quickly: the wait has now slipped way past the September 21st release date.
Apple’s iPhone 5 pricing in the UK starts at £529 for the 16GB model, and climbs to £599 for 32GB and a lofty £699 for the 64GB variety. When Apple announced the handset on Wednesday, it said that the UK launch would be September 21st, but if you’re on the pre-order wagon, that’s now not the case.
Unless you want to queue up on the launch day to pick up a handset at an Apple Store, your best bet is still to pre-order. However, the extreme demand this morning has meant that the dispatch time for all three models now says “2 weeks”.
That means that you’re very unlikely to get your iPhone 5 before the end of the month. This is especially as the delivery time on top of the dispatch time is around 5-7 days. This leaves us with a tricky decision: hope that your nearest Apple Store doesn’t sell out, or pre-order online and just put up with the wait.