Delivery dates for the iPhone SE (2020) have already slipped into May

Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Apple iPhone SE (2020) (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Delivery dates for the new iPhone SE are already slipping.
  • Dates range from May 1st to May 22nd, depending on models.
  • Supply chain restraints or unexpected demand are potential reasons for the slip.

The iPhone SE became available for preorder this morning, and delivery dates are already beginning to slip only four hours after preorders went live.

While those who were able to order first were able to secure a delivery date as soon as next Friday, April 24th, others are starting to see delivery dates as late as May 11th.

Here's the current breakdown of availability. Note that this is the availability for the unlocked model, so carrier-specific models may vary:

iPhone SE in White

  • 64GB: May 1 - May 5
  • 128GB: May 1 - May 5
  • 256GB: May 1 - May 5

iPhone SE in Black

  • 64GB: May 1 - May 5
  • 128GB: May 1 - May 5
  • 256GB: May 1 - May 5


  • 64GB: May 1 - May 5
  • 128GB: May 1 - May 5
  • 256GB: May 4 - May 11

It is currently unclear why the availability of the new iPhones are already beginning to slip. One possible reason could be that the phone is still experiencing supply chain constraints as Apple's manufacturing and assembly partners are still working to get back to full production levels while keeping their employees safe from the coronavirus pandemic.

Another possible reason could be that Apple did not anticipate the level of demand for the iPhone SE that it is currently seeing. Trying to anticipate demand on a new iPhone during a time like this is incredibly tricky, so it could be that Apple tempered their original projections a little too much.

Regardless of the reason, Apple is sure to respond to the demand by working with its partners to get inventory up as quickly as possible.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.