Canadians will have to wait between four and six weeks for the highly coveted (and beautiful) Jet Black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.
According to carrier documents obtained by iMore, stock of all iPhone 7 devices will be minimal at launch, with a three- to four-week waiting period for the first "regular" colors — black, gold, silver, and rose gold — and with an additional wait of up to three weeks for the Jet Black model. While it's unclear whether the same waiting periods apply to all Canadian carriers, several have confirmed that stock will be extremely limited at launch and likely won't be available to purchase without a reservation until mid-to-late October.
Apple's own website, which is no longer accepting reservations for the phone, since it launches tomorrow, claims a lead time of two to three weeks for most models, with a shorter period on more expensive 256GB models. And, much like the wait time for carriers, the Jet Black iPhone 7 will ship within three to five weeks; the larger Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus will only just arrive in November.
This information reinforces comments sent to TechCrunch earlier today, saying that there will be limited walk-in availability of all iPhone 7 models on September 16 and no Jet Black units at all. That likely won't squelch the lineups, but it may put a damper on their participants' excitement.
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Daniel Bader is a Senior Editor at iMore, offering his Canadian analysis on Apple and its awesome products. In addition to writing and producing, Daniel regularly appears on Canadian networks CBC and CTV as a technology analyst.
Some Rogers subscribers have taken to Twitter to complain that the carrier is cancelling their iPhone 7 pre-orders. Rogers attributes it to a glitch in their reservation system, but it's likely due to scarce incoming stock.
Yep, probably a combination of both!
Not just Canada. My ship date just slipped from mid October to November whenever. Balls.
This is why I chose matte black. Most appears to be ordering the jet black. Ship date is showing late Sept for me for the 7+, 256GB ver.
Seems an odd reason to not want to pick a color just because the stock is low. It's a device you're going to be owning for possibly 2 years or more, I wouldn't want to spend that time saying to myself "If I'd just waited a bit longer for it"
I'm in the uk, chose matte black 128gb plus, ordered last Friday morning and still have no idea of delivery time, rumour is Apple snatched back stock to meet own demands! Sent from the iMore App
I ordered iPhone 7 Plus gold version 32GB from Rogers here in Canada at the location I picked I was second person to order from that location, in a few hours I'll be having my brand-new iPhone 7 Sent from the iMore App
You keep sending Rene to Apple events, and he makes everyone at Apple, nervous.
all other iphone 7 are available for pick up in store one day after release...
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