Don’t wait months for AirPods Pro, Apple Watch Ultra or iPhone 14

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Apple has released the iPhone 14 line, three Apple Watches and updated AirPods Pro, but if you place an order through Apple now, you’ll have to wait until October. Here’s how to get them faster elsewhere.

Apple has already seen some models, like the iPhone 14 Pro, become more backlog since pre-orders were available. Apple stores always get their own stock of new devices on launch day, but most of the time they sell out as well.

There are exceptions, especially for the base iPhone 14 and Apple Watch SE.

iPhone 14 range

The iPhone 14 was released on September 16, 2022 and is still available for online ordering and in-store pickup as of today. For a $9 courier fee, the iPhone 14 can be delivered by 5:00 pm today, and regular overnight delivery is free.

While the iPhone 14 Plus was not released on September 23rd and was due on October 7th, there is currently no delivery delay. Orders placed now for iPhone 14 Plus in any color and capacity will ship by October 7th.

Where there was noticeable delay was the two iPhone 14 Pro models.

An online order for an iPhone 14 Pro in any color and any capacity shows a delay of at least three weeks. Apple is estimating shipping between October 18 and October 25.

The delay with the release of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is longer, now it is expected that new orders will be accepted within a month. Apple estimates that any iPhone 14 Pro Max will ship between October 25 and November 1.

It is likely that the Apple Store will still have stock. Random sampling of Pro models consistently shows they can’t be picked up.

However, AT&T and Verizon are generally good sources for checking out new iPhones, and of course they do deal with carriers.

Apple Watch range

The stainless steel version of the Apple Watch Series 8 is currently on order from October 11 to 18. But there doesn’t seem to be any delay with the base aluminum model, which can be ordered for courier delivery or in-store pickup today.

The same is true for the Apple Watch SE, which currently also shows no delays.

The Apple Watch Ultra, however, is heavily booked before it even officially launches on September 23rd. An online order placed with Apple today will ship between October 25 and November 1.

Third-party store availability varies, but Amazon currently lists a September 23 delivery date for the Apple Watch Ultra.

You can also get better deals if you buy your Apple Watch from alternative vendors. For example, buy an Apple Watch Series 8 or Apple Watch SE through Adorama and you can save $15 on AppleCare using this activation link and promo code APINSIDER. AppleCare discount for Apple Watch Ultra is $20 with this activation link and the same APINSIDER code.

AirPods Pro

Apple’s recently updated AirPods Pro 2 also came out on September 23rd and are currently not ordered through Apple either.

The shipping delay order isn’t as pronounced as it is with the iPhone 14 Pro or Apple Watch Ultra, but it’s still not possible to get a pair of AirPods Pro 2 from Apple in September. Instead, online orders today are listed with a delivery date between October 4th and October 11th.

But that’s when you buy directly from Apple. If you check out Amazon instead, the AirPods Pro 2 are currently listed not only at $10 off at full retail, but with launch day shipping, September 23rd.

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