iPhone 3GS: The "S" is for Speedy Delivery (and from Shenzhen, too)

The "S" in the name of the new iPhone 3G S stands for speed, both in the phone itself and how it's being delivered to some customers.

Customers who ordered their phones direct from Apple's online store have begun receiving an e-mailed "Shipping Notification" from Apple. Included is a UPS tracking number that shows, in at least some cases, delivery as early as tomorrow or Thursday.

The official introduction of the newest iPhone is set for 8 A.M. Friday in Apple's U.S. retail stores.

Like many Apple products, the iPhone GS is being shipped directly to customers from a facility in the coastal boomtown of Shenzhen, China (Pop. 8.6 million). Three-day global delivery isn't one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but for anxious iPhone customers, for the next day or two it probably comes close.

David Coursey is waiting. He tweets as techinciter and can be e-mailed from this Web site at www.coursey.com/contact.

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