iPhone X Sold Out Within A Matter of Minutes
After a year of hype and speculation, the iPhone X finally became available for preorder at midnight PST on Friday. Unfourantely for those hoping to get their hands on Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone, the device sold out within a matter of minutes. Outlets that were tracking the sales in live time noted that within a matter about 10 minutes, the shipping date for the iPhone X moved past the November 3 release date.
As a general rule, Apple doesn’t reveal the inventory or sales numbers of its major product launches, but unofficial reports estimated that Apple had produced two to three million new iPhone X units for the launch. The company has promised to increase supply in time for the Christmas rush, but most sources expect the company to only be able to offer about 20 million units by the end of the year. Apple originally said that it had planned on having 40 million ready to ship by the end of 2017, but issues with the phone’s new hardware, such as the Face ID, appear to have complicated matters.
The 64GB model seems to have been the first one to sell out with ship dates quickly falling to one to two weeks past the release date. At roughly 5:00 a.m., the ship dates had changed to early December.
For those still hoping to their hands on an iPhone X on launch day, the best bet would be to line up outside of your local Apple Store. The company has said that it will have a limited quantity of iPhone X units in stock, but warned they would sell out fast.
It isn’t just the U.S. market that is having trouble keeping the iPhone X in stock. Other markets have reported increased ship times and delays to delivery.
The iPhone X retails for $999.99 and goes on sale November 3.
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