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iPhone 13 Pro, Pro Max, and Mini already seeing some shipping delays into early October

If you want the 1TB storage on Apple's premium iPhones, you may not be able to get it on launch day.

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Apple's most expensive new iPhones seem to be selling like hotcakes.
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Apple's new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro are now available for preorder, but those looking for a new Pro or Pro Max who haven't ordered yet may need to prepare to wait a little longer. 

After the start of preorders at 5 a.m. PT Friday, CNET editor Lisa Eadicicco noticed that by 6:04 a.m. PT several iPhone 13 Pro models and a few top-tier 13 Pro Max models had their expected shipping dates pushed back to early October. The shipping window on Apple's site is now Oct. 6-11. Roughly two hours after preorders opened, Apple's website showed delayed shipping dates for many of the iPhone 13 Pro Max models, a few of the iPhone 13 Pro models and even a couple iPhone 13 Mini configurations.

Apple's newest iPhones go on sale next Friday, Sept. 24. If you're willing to go into a physical Apple Store or to a carrier, it's possible you still might be able to reserve a phone now for launch day pickup or delivery. 

Among the phones hit quickly with delays seem to be the new 1TB storage capacity iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. The 13 Pro showed delays on Apple's website in three colors (blue, silver and graphite), while the Pro Max was delayed in all four colors. The Pro Max also saw delays in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options in most colors, with the 512GB graphite Pro getting delays as well.  

While most configurations of the iPhone 13 Mini appear to be shipping on time, the 128GB version in midnight black and starlight white is showing a shipping window of Oct. 7-12. That's somewhat surprising considering reports that indicated the iPhone 12 Mini didn't sell very well last year. 

All storage options of the Pro Max showed some delays depending on color. As of 8:15 a.m. PT there didn't appear to be any shipping delays for the iPhone 13.

It's not unusual to experience shipping delays during the preorder period, especially for new configurations or colors. Last year's iPhone 12 Pro Max, which was Apple's first 6.7-inch iPhone, was backordered by up to two or three weeks depending on the model in the day after preorders opened. The iPhone 11 Pro Max in midnight green, which was a new color option at the time, saw shipping dates slip into early October back in 2019.

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