Jet Black iPhone 7 and 7 Plus already sold out, wait times stretch to November
Tried your luck pre-ordering a Jet Black iPhone 7? According to users on Reddit and Twitter, it took mere minutes before the device's original shipping date – September 16 – slipped to an uncertain "3-4 weeks." Worse off if you are after a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus – if you pre-order now, you'll have to wait until November. You might have a better chance at scoring a Jet Black Plus if you line-up before an Apple retail store come September 16, although no one will be giving you any promises.
Pre-ordering other iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models now will give you more reasonable waiting times – two to three weeks. For example, the regular 32GB Black iPhone 7 should arrive around September 26-28, with Plus models shipping by September 29 or in two to three weeks, at worst.
It's possible that it takes Apple longer to produce the Jet Black iPhone, compared to the other variants, hence the difference in waiting times. The manufacturing process for the Jet Black finish is more involved than that of the anodized aluminum variants due to the extensive polishing involved. Of course, the finish is also enjoying its popularity due to simply being new, and pleasant to the eye – despite its predisposition towards scratching. So it's understandable why Jet Black is in high demand right now.
Did you pre-order an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? What configuration did you choose?