Delivery times climbed quickly as Apple Inc. started taking orders for the iPhone 5 on Friday.
Apple began taking orders for the phone at midnight Pacific time. It initially promised delivery by next Friday, when the new phone also goes on sale in stores. Four hours later, the expected delivery time had grown to two weeks, according to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.
Last year, one-week delivery of the iPhone 4S was available into the afternoon of the first order day. By the afternoon, only Sprint was still promising delivery by next Friday. Verizon Wireless said delivery would take two weeks, and AT&T said it would take “14 to 21 business days.”