Pope Francis has unwittingly caused a bit of disruption for tech giant Apple this week, halting some shipments of the latest iPhone to US customers.
Apple has started to send emails to customers saying there may be delivery issues of the new iPhone 6S on its launch day (Friday September 25th), which may be caused by Pope Francis’ US tour.
Apparently the Pope’s security arrangements are going to cause major traffic jams during his visit to the US, which could impact on the impending launch of the iPhone 6S from Apple.
Delivery service company UPS has also already warned that packages won’t be delivered to certain ZIP codes.
One customer, Sam Biddle, took to Twitter to post Apple’s apologetic email for the expected launch delay, reading: “Your iPhone 6s 64GB Rose Gold is scheduled for delivery on Friday, September 25th. However, due to traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City, your delivery may be delayed.”
Apple has said that customers who ordered their iPhones for pickup from actual shops will still be able to so on Friday.
Customers based in New York and Philadelphia will most likely receive their anticipated iPhone on Saturday, while customers elsewhere should receive theirs on Friday, as expected.
So those who do not get their hands on the new iPhone on Friday may instead get the chance to clap their eyes on the Pope.
Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus during its #AppleEvent keynote earlier this month, which will feature Taptic Engine, a 12MP camera, a 64-bit A9 processor and support for 4K videos.
The firm also showcased a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a premium version of Apple’s previous iPad model. It boasts a 2,732x2,048 resolution, a Smart Keyboard and a $99 Stylus Pen.