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Apple ups iPhone 5 deliveries for some late preorders, report says

The company reportedly sent out a note to some iPhone 5 buyers, saying they'll actually get the handset on September 21.

Apple's iPhone 5 (right) next to its predecessor.
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Apple's iPhone 5 arrival date has been pushed up for some buyers, according to a report.

Apple-tracking site AppleInsider reported over the weekend that the company sent out e-mails to some customers telling them that their expected delivery date on the iPhone 5 had been pushed up. Rather than be forced to wait until September 28, Apple explained in the message that the customers would have their new handset on launch day, September 21.

The iPhone 5 was made available for preorder on Friday. Not long after preorders began, Apple indicated on its Web site that customers would be forced to wait two weeks to get the smartphone after initial supplies ran out. Carriers at the time were still offering launch-day availability.

However, if AppleInsider is correct, it appears Apple might have been a bit bearish in its estimates.

Still, iPhone 5 demand was exceedingly strong on Friday, with Apple putting out a statement saying that the company was "completely blown away" by the sheer number of orders. AT&T said today that it saw record preorders on Friday. That carrier, along with Verizon, sold out of its preorder supply.

And just minutes ago, Apple announced that iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million in the first 24 hours, doubling the record set by the iPhone 4S.

Apple's iPhone 5 will launch on Friday with a host of improvements over its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, including the A6 processor, 4G LTE service, and an improved camera. The device starts at $199 with a two-year contract.

CNET contacted Apple for comment on the AppleInsider report. We will update this story when we have more information.

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