Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus finally catches up with demand: here is how long it takes to get a Jet Black model now

The Apple iPhone 7 and especially the iPhone 7 Plus are two of the most sought after phones this Holiday season, but up until now it took weeks of waiting until your order arrived.

Apple has finally caught up with demand recently, though, and you can now get the most hard-to-get color option - the matte and jet black - shipped immediately for the iPhone 7 and within just 3 to 5 days for the 7 Plus. That's a big improvement over earlier shipping times of more than 2 and sometimes 3 weeks.

If you are looking to buy a new iPhone, you might have missed the best time: on Black Friday you could save up to $250 on an iPhone, and with a trade-in you could even get a free new iPhone, but if you want to get the phone without waiting too long now is a very good time. The iPhone 7 series is new, it still has the most powerful system chip on a mobile phone, and it is a safe buy with great customer service.

And if you are wondering whether you should wait a bit for the next big thing: Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhone in September 2017, so it's a long time coming, while the newest Android phones currently are the Google Pixel series. The spring edition of new Android high-end phones is expected to launch somewhere in April 2017.

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iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A10 Fusion, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



28. 10033859

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

Lol "The iPhone 7 series is new, it still has the most powerful system chip on a mobile phone, and it is a safe buy with great customer service" "The iPhone 7 (is not a series, its just one phone) is still new" Yeah because apple is constantly always late for releasing it "it still has the most powerful system chip on a mobile phone" Wtf? How did this author even get away with this... The S7 blows this thing away! it has a whole GB more of ram... Don't even get me started on the overpowered OnePlus 3T with 6GB of ram.. I don't care how nice the a1000 chip is it doesn't even have a dedicated GPU... Thats like calling a Dell laptop with a i7 the most powerful laptop in the world. If you don't know what that means then don't even try to comment on this. " it is a safe buy with great customer service" Apple has the worst customer service I've ever heard of, seen, known, or dealt with, altogether, Ive never seen such late replies... Ive seen friends and even myself get a simple email reply over 2-3 weeks later... Ive literally never heard of anyone have a good experience with Apples customer "care" even if they are just acting on a warranty.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Already, it usually takes until January or Feb for Apple to catch up to demand...its only December now. That means the demand though high, is lower than before.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Or it means that Apple is getting better at getting the suppliers ready for initial months.

11. mobileRRX1

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

I cancelled my iPhone 7 Plus order some weeks ago... it took too long, so I most likely use my existing phone (iPhone 6) for one more year...

18. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Rumor is they're going glass backs like the S7. So I will have to wait and see. Seen another cracked edge this week. Wasn't no case on it so that's probably why. Lot of good mid range phones out there with premium build quality. My current 6s plus might just be a 3 year device. Haven't had all those crash issues that are going around and has great battery life. Figure if it works, just keep using it. Do like the Pixel phones but hate how they aligned with crappy Verizon. Maybe next year they be more available through more carriers.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Ordered mine 7 Plus Jet black 256 GB. Receiving this Tuesday. Never owned any iOS device since the 4.

5. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I ordered mine Black Friday after being told it was in stock.. it's not expected to arrive till December 13, after being told December 5th, then 7th, then today, then pushed to the 12th and now the 13th. So annoying.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Finalflash bought all of them.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

More like you bought all of them... That's why they were out of stock.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You want one? My xmas gift to you.

4. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i would never pay for this OS, i broke my edge 7 screen while its being fixed now i am using iphone 5s omg how stupid operating system. funny is that i was considering to buy iphone 7 plus, i am happy i did not get it.

12. jellmoo

Posts: 2721; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm honestly curious: What is it that iOS doesn't do that you're missing from your usual workflow?

31. 10033859

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

Everything. If you want my honest opinion, and its probably Janis's too, When you use a Android device, its truly yours. No matter what, theres no restrictions that Android has that stops you from modifying the phone to your hearts content. Apple has about a million of those in every aspect they can imagine. If they can stop you from modding the phone at expense to the performance of the phone, They will do just that. That means you get absolute freedom to do truly whatever you want, most of todays restrictions of modding, if any, are lack of support to your exact android device, remember, there are 10s of thousands of devices out there. Some Nexus devices you can actually run Ubuntu on them. Not a mobile version not a "RT" for linux, a full-blown desktop Ubuntu.. Most-almost all Android devices come preloaded with something called "Fastboot" or "Odin Mode" (Samsung) which is used to load fully custom Roms onto a device. Think of that stupid "Apple Watch" (or a system app you cannot remove, dont try to tell me off I know they added the option to remove SOME apps) App added in IOS 10, (I think its stupid because Ive never used it or owned a overpriced Apple Watch); Anyways, you cannot remove this app. No matter what you do. Left right up down theres no way, Android on the other hand, Theres all kinds of different things you can do. 1. Go into the system apps in the app section, find and disable the app. If thats not possible, theres this 2. Root the device and use a root uninstaller to then completely remove the app. Thats completely impossible with any Apple device. Be it that way or any other. The best you can do cram it in a folder or "uninstall" it, which still leaves every single file for it sans the icon and .app file So IOS is stopped dead in its tracks there... But.. Androids not, so say you have a HTC M(Any device) And you hate the way the notification tray works or you think its too complicated or Siri said it sucks. You can change that too.. Some people dont know how to do this or that you can, particularly the "Oh I only need this to call/text" kind of people, they should just buy a iPhone and save themselves the trouble. But you can load a custom ROM onto most devices using "Fastboot" mentioned above to do so, and then your not just removing a app, or changing a status bar, or changing the wallpaper (only customization apple allows), your installing a whole different Android version thats been customized by a professional developer. To answer your question, the reason most of all Android users like myself or Janis won't ever be able to use Apples locked off creation when they could use something that actually is theres, Because when you use a iPhone or iPad, it feels like you dont own it, and that Apples just letting your borrow it. Thats why most advanced Android users wouldn't trade their own phone for the latest and greatest iPhone 7 plus. Because they wouldn't actually own it.

1. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Have they now got a lot in stock as they are not selling aswel.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, it was out of stock before because they were playing their scarcity game. Now it is in stock so people can buy it for christmas gifts. People get discouraged if they know they can't get the item for the deadline. So in that case, scarcity = less demand and no sales. Now they are shifting their tactic to make sure everyone can get one and they played their scarcity game already leading to idiots thinking it might go out of stock again (it won't). On top of that, they have their minions like iPA constantly pushing sales and they have increased exposure closer to christmas as you will notice with all the pointless articles about iOS fonts and half baked gimmick camera features.

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh you and our stupid conspiracy L-A-M-E

7. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

No 'conspiracy' here. Apple do this every year. You naive iboys always bite the bait.... lol L-A-M-E

24. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Great, just what we needed, another apple apologist.

13. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

man you are so spot on and astute to Cook's tactics. I have been saying this to my fellow sheep. I love my iphone 7, and am not an idiot, have been onto his game for awhile. I just got tired of android for a spell with all the lagging and sub par apps. I have to admit I am loving me some smooth iphone. it works so well!

14. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

man if android phone had haptic feedback, 3 d preview ability and slide aside web pages, I would definitely go back b/c I miss the layout and custom ability of android. and don't even get me started on android wear, what a mess!

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Android has haptic feedback.

23. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Lol Motorola invented haptic feedback back in RAZR2 V8 flip phone.

29. 10033859

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 29, 2016

Still better then the 18000$ apple watch

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I understand what you are saying...but you have to consider this. Apple only makes about 5M phones per month. That I would assume would include any selling model still in production. So when the phone is first released, assuming Apple starts final production 2 months before the pre-order date, they may have 5-10M of the latest model available to sell. Assuming pre-orders will eat up 100% of those, it will take another month before another 5M can be delivered. Every time an iPhone is release, the demand is going to exceed the production run for roughly 3 months. But Apple demands usually remains high all the way until at least the end of January. So if they have already caught up 30 days prior, that means the sales are already falling. But we already know, with all the holiday deals, people are going to wait because everyone will have phones on sale for XMAS and after January 1st. Also many on the fence for the latest Android, will likely wait to see what is going to pan out for devices like the S8. if you look at the past, starting with the iPhone 4, the iPhone slaes demand lasted until roughly Feb, before it died out and Apple bragged about how they sold so many during the holidays. After XMAS the sales start to die. Apple only keeps a high sales drive for about 6 months before the Gaalxy S takes over and has its drive. What I find funny though, even though Samsung sells less Galaxy S devices as a single model vs Apple most of the time, Samsung does have a high demand for the device, but rarely every runs out. The S6 Edge was the first time it appears Samsung was caught off guard for sales as we saw. Samsung capacity or production appears to also be about 5M phones. Assuming that 1/3 would be the Note and the rest the S. Plus they make 40 other models too. I use to also buy into that theroy that Apple defaltes stock to drive sales. I still think they do. however, Apple can't keep doing it because they would be taking a larger risk and here is why. When the iPhone first came out, it was the only device of its kind. But after 2009 that was no longer the case. And after the Galaxy S came, that game would have been harder to play. Here we are 9 years later and ever OEM has an iPhone-like device and if Apple can't keep stock, then people wont wait for 8 weeks, when they can get an equal option for equal or less price. And with Huawei and Oppo selling here and they have iPhone-like devices for half, and with great options like the S, Pixel, One Plus and more...Apple can't afford to lose sales because of no stock. I do agree with you to a point. I am only saying, that is more riskier now as there are more options. There will always be those who will wait because they have no choice as they are heavily vested in, and really have no choice but to stick with an iPhone. But every year, millions wont and if those millions keep buying other options, Apple will lose even more sales.

19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hi TechieXP1969. How did Apple sell 45M iphones in Q4 2016, 40M in Q3 2016, & 51M in Q2 2016 when they are only able to produce 5M phones per month? I'll wait for your answer.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

I wouldn't wait for that answer - it will come from his ass as usual.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Easy...5M of each selling model. Do the math. How many models are apple still having in production? 7 - 5M 7+ - 5M 6S+ - 5M 6S -5M In One month that 20M 2 months thats 40M 3 Months would be 60M 4 Months that would be 80M That's what happens when you don't read what I frikkin said. I did say for the latest model, if they started production 2 months before the pre-order date...that means they would only have roughly 10M. Why is it right after a pre-order sale of 10M, new orders start getting oushed back as far as 8 weeks? You guys are fools. Not only can you not read, you cant count, you can think, and you can't even open your eyes to logic; because you are too phucking stupid and ignorant.

30. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple only makes about 5M phones per month. That I would assume would include any selling model still in production. That I would assume would include any selling model still in production. include any selling model still in production. Drop the drugs brosephine.

25. Unordinary unregistered

Lmao I genuinely and truly feel so bad for you

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