Apple is widely expected to unveil the next generation iPhone at the media event tomorrow. It was also speculated that Apple will start taking pre-orders soon after the iPhone 5 announcements, followed by the release after nine days on September 21.
But MacRumors has just reported that Apple may not start taking pre-orders tomorrow.
Apple’s policies for pre-orders of its popular iOS devices have varied over the years, with the iPhone 4S being scheduled for a 12:01 AM Pacific Time launch on the Friday following the media event, although Apple’s pre-orders didn’t actually begin until nearly 45 minutes after the appointed time. [..]
[..] MacRumors is now hearing that pre-orders may not begin tomorrow following the media event and that they may instead start on Friday morning in a scenario similar to last year’s debut. We’re hearing that certain portions of Apple’s sales support team are significantly increasing their staffing levels beginning at 6:00 AM Eastern on Friday, with a major surge for the initial shift beginning at that time and a sustained level of high staffing for at least the remainder of the day.
MacRumors is not sure if the pre-orders will begin immediately at 6:00 AM when the shift starts or a little later.
As long as the new iPhone is delivered on September 21, it doesn’t really matter if the pre-orders start tomorrow or on Friday.