While Roman Catholics around the Northeast corridor are highly anticipating Pope Francis’ arrival, his visit could potentially delay iPhone 6s shipments.
UPS has posted a notice on its website, stating there will be no deliveries or pickups on selected areas during the Papal visit. This is due to the strict security measures which will be implemented to secure the head of the 1.2-billion strong faith. The Pope will be in New York City on September 24-25 and in Philadelphia on September 25-26.
Services will be disrupted on those dates due to street and road closures which will certainly hamper delivery and transport.
So if you live in the NYC or Philadelphia areas what does this mean?
This means if you live in one of the affected areas, you might not have your new iPhone 6s until Monday, September 28th, as deliveries are usually suspended on Sundays. It’s not too long of a wait, but to those raring to try out its 3D Touch and Live Photos feature, it could be excruciating.
If your address possesses any of these zip codes, you may have to wait until next week to receive your shiny and rose-colored iPhone 6s with a 12 MP camera:
New York – 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, and 10029.
Philadelphia – 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147.
Some of the affected areas in NYC include Manhattan, East Harlem, Midtown, and Tribeca. In Philadelphia, some of these are: Logan Square, Bella Vista, and Center City.
Note that the iPhone 6s is slated to “break the 10-million unit, first-weekend record” (at least this is what Apple officials said in an interview with the New York Post). It will likely eclipse its predecessor in sales, making it one of the most biggest Apple releases of all time. How the Papal visit will impact sales is still unknown (though it will likely emerge unaffected), but expectant iPhone 6s users will have to wait for few days.
The timeline of Pope Francis’ visit includes a visit to Central Park, United Nations headquarters, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Madison Square Garden.