FlightAware, the flight-tracking service, is once again allowing Apple fans to track the journey of their brand new iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus) handsets as they make their way to the United States.
Apple has indeed started shipping the new iPhone handsets, and these are of course due to reach customers who made their preorders in time on Friday. Usefully, once you’ve been given a valid UPS tracking number, an interactive map (available at this link) from FlightAware will let you track its location. There, FlightAware explains:
Apple has begun shipping out iPhones for Friday’s release! Once you’ve received your UPS tracking number from Apple you can use this handy map and list to figure out what flight is carrying your iPhone. The ‘departure scan’ in your UPS track should match the departure time for a flight listed here. This page will be expanded once we learn more about Apple’s shipping strategy for this release.
Most flights, as MacRumors explains, are bound for Louisville, Kentucky’s Worldport. This “is UPS’ worldwide air hub,” the publication adds, though additional flights are also en route to Ontario, California.
The tool will usefully allow customers to get a better idea of when, exactly, their iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus is expected to arrive. Though, as usual, UPS will already have offered an accurate delivery date from its own tracking website.
Apple’s new iPhone handsets offer 3-D Touch, a Force Touch-style display, as well as enhanced internals, smart features, and additional color options. Despite nervous speculation during the months leading up to the new handsets’ launch, a recent report claimed that launch day preorders broke records for the Cupertino, California-based company.