Capping preorders on iPhone X?

jlseattle

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Hi, I haven't purchased a preordered item before. So this will be my first one. I'm wondering if the preorders have been capped in the past? So when Apple receives so many preorders they close preordering? Or do you just queue up for a preorder? I'm going to preorder the iPhone 8 a week out or so and don't care about getting immediately. I just don't want to end up being locked out of preorders and having to wait until December to preorder. :(

Thank you! I'm hoping the answer is that they will take a million preorders and just fulfill them as they can.
 

saltd

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I believe they’ll take the preorders, but the shipping date will march very quickly into next year.

It’s not the same situation as those infernal Nintendo Classic consoles, where stock is finite and availability eventually becomes nil.
 

dumastudetto

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I believe they’ll take the preorders, but the shipping date will march very quickly into next year.

It’s not the same situation as those infernal Nintendo Classic consoles, where stock is finite and availability eventually becomes nil.
Yep I can easily see people waiting six months to receive their new iPhone X.
 

BeeGood

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Not a lot of people willing to wait 6 months. I can guarantee you that
Especially if the 8/+ is a decent upgrade. It will kill this phone if it takes that long to ship.

@jlseattle , Apple doesn’t make money by sitting on inventory. They’ll QA the crap out of this phone and it will have low yields, but they’ll immediately sell every single iPhone X that passes QA.
 

tkukoc

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14 weeks is the absolute cap they’ll allow on their website. If it takes longer they will not update their website publically to discuss it..and you’ll still be able to order it, you’ll just see updates via email about waiting. Clearly this device will have some serious preorder numbers... agh depending on price of course.
 

joeblow7777

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Yep I can easily see people waiting six months to receive their new iPhone X.
That's utterly ridiculous considering that at that point you're closer to the release of the next iPhone. If Apple, or any other company, can't fill orders of a product that gets updated every 12 months in well less than 6 months, that is a FAILED product launch. Period.
 
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Relentless Power

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Not a lot of people willing to wait 6 months. I can guarantee you that
Especially given that production usually tends to increase over the next two Months to meet the demand. Although, it seems Apple undermines product availability at launch. But there certainly will be a wait in the least.
 

joeblow7777

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I expect shipping times of at least 10 to 12 weeks after 3.5 seconds the pre orders start, this is for the iPhone X.
Still ridiculous. If virtually no one is getting it in the first 3 months, most won't bother given that there will be a better version in 12 months. And imagine how long people buying through carriers and other vendors would have to wait. If it becomes that backordered in seconds, Apple doesn't have enough units to justify a launch.
 

Jimpilot

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I predict it will be closer to a normal iPhone launch. Delay will start after about 15 minutes and then stretch out.
 

Danbrown521

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I predict it will be closer to a normal iPhone launch. Delay will start after about 15 minutes and then stretch out.
Usually delays start within the first few minutes on preorders. Its happened to me on several occasions. I think Ive had to wait 3 weeks or so at the longest after launch to get a preordered iPhone that I started at 12 pacific time. Apple's site usually can't handle the amount of people trying to preorder so there is a lot of crashes. With the App now hopefully it helps that.