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iPhone 13 delays — here’s the wait time for each model

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The iPhone 13 order floodgates are open. The new iPhones are on sale, and eager iOS users have already flocked to the Apple store and other retailers to get their hands on Apple's flagships.

The newest iPhone takes full advantage of Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset, has a bigger battery to keep it powered up for longer, and a better camera array with a compelling cinematic video mode. All of this has naturally led to significant demand for the device. 

The iPhone 13 launched on September 24, but the wait time for each model of iPhone 13 has been shooting up ever since the phone launched, and it could get worse. For example, right now the iPhone 13 Pro is showing delivery for November 15 to November 22. 

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has been forced to cut its production order of the iPhone 13 by 11% due to the ongoing global chip shortage. That means there will be fewer devices on the market than Apple had originally intended this holiday season.  

If you want an iPhone 13 this year, we suggest getting your order in as soon as possible. The wait times have been creeping up. Below are the current wait times for each model of iPhone 13. 

Wait times for Phone 13 models (Updated Oct. 15)

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Before jumping into the wait time for each model in the iPhone 13 lineup, it’s important to stress that your mileage may vary. Wait time is determined by a variety of factors including your location and your chosen configuration, so we can’t guarantee that your wait time won’t be longer than the ones listed below. 

ModelDate rangeIn-store pickup
iPhone 13 miniOctober 29-Nov 3No
iPhone 13October 29-Nov 3No
iPhone 13 ProNovember 17-24No
iPhone 13 Pro MaxNovember 17-24No

The standard iPhone 13 128GB is suffering lengthy delays. Delivery estimates have it arriving between October 29 and November 3, and in the New York area, and it's currently unavailable for pickup from a physical Apple Store. Even the more pricey 256GB and 512GB models are facing shipping delays that could run into next month. 

Across all configurations of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the color of the device could have a noticeable impact on wait time. So be sure to check all of the available options. The pink colorway seems to be the least popular and currently has slightly shorter delivery estimates across most configurations. 

The iPhone 13 Pro model is where the delivery delays are truly being felt. The standard iPhone 13 Pro 128GB isn’t available for delivery until November 17 at the earliest from Apple, and that could stretch to as late as November 24. The situation is similar for the iPhone 13 Pro Max model, which is also facing delivery delays that could run well into the second half of November.

As noted above, if you want to get yourself an iPhone 13 in the coming weeks it’s probably best to get your order in now before the delivery dates start to slip into the holiday season. If you’re looking for a bargain, we’ve got a roundup of the best iPhone 13 deals to help you save big on the latest Apple smartphone. 

Rory is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics including tech news, deals, gaming, streaming and more. When he’s not writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found watching a borderline unhealthy amount of movies and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team. 

  • Technerd71
    I order an iPhone 13 pro max 128 October 1st and it was supposed to be delivered today the 15th. Well Best Buy didn’t even update the order status and I had to initiate a chat to find out it is delayed but they couldn’t tell me how long that delay is just that I would get an email with an adjusted delivery date. I was all excited to get it and nothing.

    I got a pretty good deal on trade of my old iPhone 11 Pro Max which I got at a discount on eBay so I almost made out even in trade value. Only had to pay a couple hundred to get the newer version so in terms of cost it is hard for me to complain but Best Buy customer service is terrible. I should have known that the Best Buy delivery date was a bait and switch as when I went on the Apple store to do the same trade it was November delivery date. I jumped on the Best Buy order because they said delivery would be 10/15.

    So my experience would verify your reporting on serious delays. If you want an iPhone buy it now if you want it before Christmas!!
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  • SunnyEd
    I ordered mine at T-mobile on 9/27 and it shipped today.
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  • Jerseyjersey
    I ordered a 13 Pro from T-Mobile and a 13 pro max from Apple last week on the same day. Both had an estimated delivery date around November 8th.
    The iPhone pro from T-Mobile shipped yesterday and is arriving today! I’m shocked. The 13 pro max from Apple still says 11/8 :(
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