Apple says its stores will have launch day iPhone X stock, but you should line up early

25 October 2017

iPhone X

Apple has confirmed that its brick and mortar stores will have iPhone X stock available for walk-in customers when the phone goes on sale at 8am on November 3. The company is however advising people show up early, presumably to avoid missing out.

Analysts have predicted that the iPhone X will be in short supply until the end of this year at the very least, with suggestions that only 20 million units will make their way into customer hands before 2018. The fact is Apple is reserving some stock is promising though, considering that the iPhone 7 Plus and jet black iPhone 7 models were unavailable for customers lining up last year.

It's currently unclear if any other local retailers or telcos will have iPhone X stock for customers who don't pre-order.

The iPhone 8 line a day before launch in Sydney

So how early is early? Well, when it came to the iPhone 8, the first hopefuls outside Sydney's Apple Store started to line up before the phones had even been announced; almost two weeks early. There's just over a week to go for iPhone X and we haven't seen any lines start yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of diehards get in a night or two early.

If you'd prefer not to line-up for a shot at the iPhone X, pre-orders kick off online this Friday at 6:01pm AEDT. Outright you'll pay $1,579 for a 64GB model and $1,829 for a 256GB model. If that's a little too much to swallow in one go, we'll have every telco's pricing here as soon as we know

If that's still too rich for you, read our iPhone 8 review here, and our iPhone 8 Plus review here.

Read more: the best ways to save for an iPhone X

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