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iPhone SE SIM-Free Variant Sees Stock-Outs, Shipping Delays in the US

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Apple launched its iPhone SE smartphone last month, with the first wave of launch countries (including the US) gaining availability on March 31. However, the smartphone’s SIM-free variant and some carrier-based models appear to be in short supply in the US via the company website, in-store pickups, and carrier stores.

The iPhone SE checkout page in the company’s US website lets you select a desired model but in most cases says the shipping will start in the next 7-10 days, the fastest a user can get an iPhone SE is starting April 12. The shipping dates can go up to April 20-27 depending on the colour, storage, unlocked, and carrier variants. Also mentioned is that the smartphone’s in-store pickup was unavailable for virtually every model, but added that some units were available depending on the specific carriers, colours, and storage variants. The report adds that Sprint out of all the telecom carriers seems to have the best availability for the 64GB Rose Gold iPhone SE model.

Not only US, but Hong Kong too is reportedly facing the same issue as the earliest delivery there is advertised to start on April 16. As for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the company is facing no shipping delays.

Both the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro became officially available in India on Friday. Both are available through the company’s online and offline retail partners in the country. The iPhone SE is available in two storage variants – 32GB and 64GB, with the former priced at Rs. 39,000, and the latter at Rs. 49,000. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro on the other hand is available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage variants, in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+Cellular models. As for Wi-Fi only, the 32GB model is priced at Rs. 49,900, the 128GB model at Rs. 61,900, and the 256GB model at Rs. 73,900.