Update: Our iPhone 14 reviews are now live. Head to our iPhone 14 reviews live blog to find out what we like and don't like about each of them.
It looks like the iPhone 14 preorders have hit a stumbling block with reports that the Apple Store is throwing up errors when people try to get hold of the iPhone 14 range. On top of that, wait times for the new Apple phones have slipped from September to October and release-day deliveries are getting delayed at the last minute.
Delay update (September 16)
The iPhone 14 Pro Max ship date has slipped to October 20-27 and we have updated the table below. The iPhone 14 Pro is Oct. 13-20.
A flurry of tweets have surfaced that people are having trouble getting their orders for the likes of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro processed through the Apple Store, even after some 45 minutes of trying. Errors are reportedly affecting everything from basic pre-orders to trade-in options. In some instances, the online Apple Store is serving up redirects with “Page Not Found” messages.
#tmobile @tmobile @TMobileHelp Every year iPhone preorder is a mess. This year was NO exception! This might even be the worst year yet 😂😭still not able to order 45 minutes into preorder .September 9, 2022
For some, there's been a nasty surprise where they wind up with multiple orders, when seemingly failed orders wind up going through. And those who got completed orders have seen their delivery estimates slip from Apple's listed launch date of September 16 for the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. (The iPhone 14 Plus isn't supposed to arrive until October 7 and is suffering from soft pre-order numbers)
As it stands, it looks like pretty much every version of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is now on backorder until October, meaning any pre-orders processed will see phones shipped to customers well past the actual sale date of the iPhone 14 range.
iPhone 14 order delays
Estimated delivery date (U.S.)
Estimated delivery date (U.K.)
iPhone 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Pro
iPhone 14 Pro Max
October 25-November 1
That said, having just run through an iPhone 14 pre-order myself on the U.K. Apple Store, but not fully buying the phone, I was served up a delivery date of Friday September 26. So in Britain it looks like orders for the standard iPhone 14 are fine.
But opt for the iPhone 14 Pro in Space Black, and things aren't so good, with a delivery estimate of October 18 to October 25.
Should all this put you off a ordering that latest apple smartphone? Well no, as in our iPhone 14 Pro Max review, Content Director Mark Spoonauer was suitably impressed with Apple’s new flagship phone. You’ll just need to be prepared to wait to receive your new smartphone as the iPhone 14 is proving seriously popular already.