iPhone 7 ‘Jet Black’ Deliveries Pushed Back

Orange is not the new black for the new iPhone 7 — or, at least, the new “Jet Black” — nor is silver, gold or rose gold. According to Seeking Alpha and pre-order numbers that were released on Friday, delivery dates for models with the “Jet Black” finish have been pushed further than all other models, with shipments not expected until November, which could create some hype and additional demand.

Apple’s smartphones in “jet black” sold out in minutes. Neither the jet black iPhone 7 nor the jet black iPhone 7 Plus is available for purchase by the original shipping date of Sept. 16. While certain models (128 GB and 256 GB) of the iPhone 7 are available in “three to four weeks,” the iPhone 7 Plus is only available in jet black later this year in November.

Jet black models of the iPhone 7 slipped to two- to three-week shipping times within the first hour. Black, silver, gold and rose gold will be available from Sept. 16.

There are wide variations, however, in arrival dates. In a statement to CNBC, Apple said:

“Customers will receive their new iPhones starting Sept. 16. In years past, we’ve announced how many new iPhones had been sold as of the first weekend following launch. But as we have expanded our distribution through carriers and resellers to hundreds of thousands of locations around the world, we are now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7.”

Apple has not provided initial sales data, although it has in the past. According to Apple, pre-order sales volume is “no longer a representative metric” since “initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand.”

For earnings, Apple expects to announce $45.5 billion–$47.5 billion in revenue for Q4, 37.5 percent–38 percent in gross margin and $6.05 billion–$6.15 billion in operating expenses, according to Seeking Alpha. Share prices barely moved after the conference introducing the new iPhone 7 held last week.



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