October 27th, 12:00 AM Pacific Time (3:00 AM EDT) was the official launch of pre-orders for the new, iPhone X. While I’m perfectly content with my Galaxy S8 Plus and not parting with $1200 on the first batch of a new device, I was genuinely curious to see if I would theoretically be able to snag it. After predictions about iPhone shortages, I really wanted to see if I would be able to get one.
At 3:10 AM EDT, I signed onto the Apple Store and saw that iPhone pre-orders were available. I chose the black, 256GB storage option for T-Mobile. Upon reaching the checkout page, I saw that the estimated delivery time was Nov. 7-14. Not bad I thought. Only a week after the November 3rd launch date.
I then proceeded to type in my financial information, double check everything, and move on to the final confirmation page. However, on the final page, I noticed that my estimated delivery time had automatically updated. The new estimated arrival time for my theoretical iPhone X was now 4-5 weeks, or a Dec. 5-11 delivery estimate. In the time it took me to pick my iPhone’s specs, type in my financial information, and get to the confirmation page, my order was pushed back 4 weeks.
As of writing this article, it’s currently 4 AM and the Dec. 5-11 window is still the same. If you’re dead set on getting the new iPhone for the holidays, then it seems like as of now, you may still have the chance. If you were hoping to get the iPhone by November 3rd, then you’re SOL. People on eBay are already trying to sell the iPhone for even more exorbitant prices, which is to be expected.
Here are your current options:
- Secure a pre-order for before Christmas
- Brave the long lines at the physical stores on November 3
- Buy one from a reseller on eBay to get it sooner, but at a higher price
- Look at alternative phones
- Wait a long time
To those of you who managed to snag a pre-order for a reasonable time, congrats!
For those of you who didn’t get a good pre-order time, I’d recommend you find a way to wait it out, instead of playing into the hand of resellers who would charge you 2x, 3x, or even 4x. $4,000 for a phone you might not even like, and potentially not even have a return option for, is a terrible idea. The shortage is part of Apple’s way of building up hype for an already popular product. Even if the device will likely be top notch, no device on the market is worth that much. If..IF you choose the option to buy it on eBay from a reseller, make sure that their estimated delivery time is for the first or second week of November. No point paying extra to buy from someone shady if they have the same pre-order wait time as you.
Anyway, best of luck to you all.