iPhone 14 preorders are now shipping to customers. Not mine. As if often the case in trying to get new Apple products, it’s been a — how can I put this nicely? — a challenge.

Note that I get no review products from the tech giant. That’s not a complaint (well, it kinda is), just a fact of life. Every Apple product I own is purchased with my hard-earned cash running Apple World Today.

Anyway, I was up and online at 5 a.m. (Pacific), Friday, Sept. 14, and placed my pre-order using the App Store app on my iPhone 13 Pro Max. Things went smoothly at that time and I expected to receive my new smartphone on September 16 (today).

However, I never got an email from Apple confirming the order. So I called Apple’s (very friendly) tech support and told me of my situation. The nice lady had no idea why I hadn’t received an email confirmation, but did find my order number. And she told me that I should receive it between Sept. 28 and Oct. 3.

Needless to say, this didn’t sit well with me as I placed my online order as soon as possible. Plus, I want to review the iPhone 14 Pro Max for AWT.

This morning I went online and found that I could order the model I want and pick it up on Saturday at my local Apple retail store. I canceled my previous order and placed a new one. When trying to pay via Apple Pay, I was told that the listed Apple Card wasn’t associated with my Apple Pay account — even though I’ve been using it for months.

I had to delete my Apple Card from Apple Pay and re-associate it. That done. I finally placed my order. Hopefully, it will indeed be available tomorrow. 

You may face similar issues. Other reported problems:

° From MacRumors: Apple has confirmed that customers activating new iPhones may encounter an issue where device activation during initial setup doesn’t go through on Wi-Fi, saying the problem is “under investigation.”

° From 9to5Mac: iPhone 14 users may experience issues activating iMessage and FaceTime out of the box.

Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today