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First iPhone 11 units appear to be shipping out from China

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iPhone 11 Pro (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple appears to have begun shipping out the first iPhone 11 units set to be delivered Friday, September 20.
  • A Twitter user posted the tracking info via UPS for his order.
  • His iPhone is already in transit from Zhengzhou, China.

Apple has begun shipping out the first iPhones 11 units to the United States. The news was confirmed by Twitter user Chris Hasenpflug who posted a screenshot of his iPhone shipment set to "In Transit" from Zhengzhou, China, via UPS.

The first iPhone 11 shipments are set to be delivered on Friday, September 20, so it was only a matter of time before the first units were imported over from China, where Apple manufactures the iPhone.

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His iPhone order seems to be one of the first to ship out. He reveals in the tweet that the ability to track the shipment by reference is now live as part of UPS My Choice. Signing up for it is free and it gives you an early peek at everything that is being shipped through UPS. You can track the reference number with either the order number or the phone number associated with the account.

The one added benefit of checking the tracking through UPS is that its system often updates before Apple's.

I personally ordered an iPhone 11 Pro, which is also set to arrive Friday, but Apple has not sent me a shipping confirmation yet. Checking through the Apple Store app reveals the order is still in the "Preparing to Ship" phase.

That should change in the next day as Apple begins to ship out all orders set to arrive on Friday.

If you ordered a new iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5 or 10.2-inch iPad, keep an eye on the shipment notifications. Your order may very well be on the way.

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4 Comments
  • Mine showed up in my UPS My Choice tracking automatically. Shows it shipped on Saturday even though Apple still says "preparing for shipment".
  • What did you use as the reference number?
  • Use your phone number related to your purchase. Also make sure the start date is no later than the 13 and the “To” date is the current day.
  • The Apple Store shows prepping for shipping. UPS app updated with a tracking number and expected Delivery on Friday. Now the long wait happens.