Apple's latest release, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, is causing waves in the tech world, with long delays in deliveries indicating robust demand for the new addition to the company's smartphone lineup. Bloomberg reports that within hours of the preorder launch, the expected delivery dates for certain configurations of the premium model were pushed back to mid-November, originally slated for September 22.
iPhone 15 Pro Max shipments face worldwide delay, here's why
This situation is not confined to the United States alone; international markets, including China, Canada, and even India, are grappling with delivery delays of up to eight weeks. In India, for instance, eager consumers may have to wait as long as eight weeks to get their hands on the Pro Max model in the elegant natural titanium finish.
Interestingly, these extended wait times apply across the board, regardless of color or storage options. The blue and black variants of the Pro Max model are now scheduled for delivery as late as October 16. Meanwhile, customers eyeing the white and natural models will need to exercise patience until November 13.
It's not just the Pro Max that's generating such fervent demand; even the standard iPhone 15 Pro is experiencing similar delays. In the United States, for instance, consumers may have to wait until October 23 to secure the standard model.
China, a pivotal market for Apple, is also mirroring this trend. According to China's Meituan platform, which collaborates with Apple resellers, an astonishing $27.5 million worth of iPhone 15 orders were processed in just the first half-hour. This level of demand aligns with global backlogs, stretching deliveries for all Pro Max models up to November.
Traditionally, delays like these have been closely watched by analysts and investors as indicators of a product's success. While not always a perfect measure due to supply chain complexities, these delays do provide valuable insights into consumer interest.
The high demand has also resulted in some technical challenges. Reports suggest that many users faced difficulties in completing transactions during the early minutes of the preorder launch, with some even encountering app crashes. This inconvenience, particularly for those looking to trade in older iPhones or take advantage of Apple's annual upgrade program, underscores the strong initial demand for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.