A weird iPhone X pre-order question

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  1. ssrij Suspended

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    So, obviously millions of people are waiting to pre-order the X on the 27th Oct. How does it work? Let's say there's 5M units available, and Apple allocates a set number of units to each country. When you go to the online Apple Store or the App Store app, is the orders first come first serve, like, do they just allow everyone to hammer the servers at the same time, and whoever has the quickest fingers gets to place their orders first? Or do they randomly allocate slots to each person trying to connect to the Store website/app? I mean, if they allocate 1M units to USA, and there's obviously way more people interested in pre-ordering it, the stock will get depleted within 10-15 seconds at max, if everyone was allowed into the store at the same time.
     
  2. bufffilm Suspended

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    Why don't you write to Apple to find out?
     
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    You have to understand something, we don’t know how it works
     
  4. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    It's a very good question, I believe USA, UK and some parts in Asia will get "priority", meaning more stock will be reserved for them.

    It's one of the few reasons I like being in Canada, maybe less stock, but demand will be so much lower than USA/UK.
     
  5. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    The answer is very clear. We have no clue. We try to get in as soon as possible and hope for the best. One thing for sure is the sooner you order the sooner you get your phone. Good luck.
     
  6. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    I would imagine they have an algorithm that assigns a certain amount of phones to a specific delivery date. for example 1million phones in the US for 11/3 delivery... first come first serve and once that 1million is depleted it goes in to the next delivery tier... 2-4 weeks for example. And I do agree its starting to look like that first tier is gonna go within seconds.
     
  7. ssrij thread starter Suspended

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    Yeah, plus in EU and Canada the prices are pretty inflated, so I think demand will be lower than USA.
     
  8. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020

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    I think it will be the States..naturally and the key markets in Europe, mainly the UK as I believe that the percentage per population of iphone owners is greater in those two countries than else where. I am not sure about Asia...China possibly. But what do i know lol.
    I am sure that stock will be allocated to the key countries with percentages of stock based on algorithms but only Apple knows.
     
  9. tongefactor40 macrumors regular

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    The last leak was 12m units for opening. Previous hot releases have sold 13m in the first weekend. I would expect they have a stockpile of 12m or so regardless of that new leak that came out today. If you order at midnight I would expect you could get a phone on day 1.

    Now, if you want to order a week later, based off the new leaks, you might wait 10-12weeks.

    Bottom line I think they have a good initial stocking for pre-order. Anything after that will be a disaster.
     
  10. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    I also think the hype for the iPhone X will die out quickly, meaning those who wants to get it already know they will get it, they've been waiting for it, creating a high demand at first, but will quickly lower.

    iPhone X is not the type of walk-in and buy type of phone because of its cost and a few things users might find it deal-breaker
     
  11. ssrij thread starter Suspended

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    I will definitely be checking iStockNow every morning to see if there's an unit available for in-store pickup (probably wont be for many weeks). If I can reserve one and my delivery date is like end of December or something, I'll go and pick up and cancel my online order.
     
  12. Macalway macrumors 68030

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    If some devious hackers decide to jam up this event, I'm thinkin, it would be pretty easy :D
     
  13. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    I will be live streaming my pre-order including the aftermath and final shipping times would be around 10-15 minutes after preorders go live.
     
  14. TravisPNW macrumors 6502a

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    Have preorders ever been cyber attacked in the past?

    Can't help but wonder if the hackers are licking their chops right now.
     
  15. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    I believe after 2 minutes, it will be the second wave, 4 minutes, third wave..etc.

    While it's not the same, i will be doing a speed purchase test with a wireless charging pad in my favorites.Time how long it takes to go to favorites and complete the purchase through Apple Pay. Obviously when 3:01 does hit, the App might be a but slower.
     
  16. Macalway macrumors 68030

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    Maybe we shouldn't be giving them ideas :D ......oops, I'm doing it now :(
     
  17. ssrij thread starter Suspended

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    I do think the app will be slower this time or have issues, because now every knows the App Store trick to order and will be using it to pre-order iPhone. I think it's better to order via the website, it will probably get less hammered than the app. I'll have both the website open on my PC and Mac and app open on my 5S at the same time anyway.
     
  18. Macalway macrumors 68030

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    How can we trust you? this could be misdirection. :D
     
  19. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    As long as we're asking weird pre-order questions: do they limit pre-orders by the country you're ordering from, or the country your account is registered to? If people are traveling to a country that's not in the first round of releases, will their order be accepted?
     
  20. zhandri Suspended

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    your apple store account is linked to a country. So that's the store you should automatically order from. Some people recommended a VPN if you're not in your home country just to be sure
     
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    It’s a lottery based system most likely or in the order it was ordered. But I’m going with lottery.
     
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    Allocation is by carrier based on previous years sales and commitment to buy
    Carrier and Apple decide how much of that will go into third party retail channel
    IUP past 12 month cycle also speak for a piece of the pie by carrier

    Factory shipments are staged in weeks but logisticaly arrive all over daily
    Stores in US receive stock almost daily

    The demand has never been satisfied in one order cycle.

    Look at the sales of iPhone last qtr in the 10 Of millions
     
  24. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    Buy an iPhone 8 just for the pre-order, go to NASA and borrow their high speed. Voila, combination of hardware speed and high speed connection.
     
  25. michael31986 macrumors 68040

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    When using Apple upgrade you don’t use Apple Pay to pay right? You have to use a credit card when signing up
     

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