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The Pope's Visit Could Delay New iPhone Deliveries in New York

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When the Pope comes to town, it’s anything but business as usual. Just ask Apple.

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Pope Francis

The tech giant is warning New Yorkers who pre-ordered iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models that they might not get their shiny, new wares on time due to Pontifice Francisco’s visit. Heaven forbid. Official iPhone launch day, which is this Friday, Sept. 25, could shape up to be as much of a nightmare in New York City for Apple as it will be for traffic cops there.

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To head off frustration, Apple is emailing customers who might be impacted by shipping delays stemming from Pope Francis’s arrival. News of the potential delivery delay went viral after Gawker senior writer and Brooklyn dweller Sam Biddle posted a screenshot of an email he received from Apple on Twitter yesterday. 

Biddle later tweeted:

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If Friday’s deliveries are divinely foiled by traffic snarls and security precautions, all hope is not lost, Apple early adopters. There’s always Saturday, when Tim Cook and company say Apple will deliver to “most locations.” If you’re in an affected area, be on the lookout for a heads-up email from Apple, FedEx or UPS.

New York City isn’t the only major U.S. metropolis where people might not get their iPhones because of the pontiff. Customers in Philadelphia might also feel the papal burn. If you live outside of either city and you pre-ordered your Apple goodies, allelujah, you should be one happy camper come this Friday. We’re sure we’ll hear all about your new iPhones on Twitter for TGIF, commemorative papal emojis included.

To track the Pope’s whereabouts during his historic visit, check out his full itinerary.   

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Kim Lachance Shandrow

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Kim Lachance Shandrow is the former West Coast editor at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was a commerce columnist at Los Angeles CityBeat, a news producer at MSNBC and KNBC in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Government Technology magazine, LA Yoga magazine, the Lowell Sun newspaper, HealthCentral.com, PsychCentral.com and the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Coop. Follow her on Twitter at @Lashandrow. You can also follow her on Facebook here