Check If Your iPhone 4S Has Shipped: Tracking Guide

For the past couple of days, I’ve been glued to the “Your Orders” section of the Apple Online Store, eagerly awaiting any update on my iPhone 4S shipment. Unfortunately, the only status available was “Preparing Shipment,” without any further details on delivery tracking from UPS or FedEx.

Similarly, TUAW reader Stephen M.

encountered this issue and decided to look for solutions directly on the UPS website. He shared this useful approach with us:

Visit, select “Track by Reference,” then enter the phone number you registered with on as the reference.

This method revealed that, although my Apple account still indicated “Preparing Shipment,” UPS had already shipped the package from China. Hopefully, this information proves helpful!

This tip was indeed helpful! As illustrated in the image at the beginning of this post, my iPhone 4S has now reached Anchorage, Alaska.


George is a dedicated writer for TUAW, your go-to source for all things Apple. With a keen eye for detail and a love for technology, George brings the latest news and insights on Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch. His articles are both informative and engaging, making complex tech topics easy to understand. When he’s not writing, George enjoys exploring new apps and testing out the latest gadgets.