iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 Shipping Estimates Begin Slipping

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 models at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, and a half hour later, shipping estimates have slipped for many iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States. At launch, all devices listed delivery estimates of Friday, September 21, but now estimates have largely slipped to October.

    iPhone XS Max models in all colors and all capacities from Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are now listing delivery dates ranging from September 28 to October 12, but in some areas, in-store pickup on launch day remains an option.


    For the SIM-free iPhone XS Max models, which must be purchased in full up front and are not eligible for the iPhone Upgrade Program, most continue to list September 21 delivery dates. Shipping estimates for the iPhone XS have not slipped and supplies of that device appear to be plentiful.

    Almost all stainless steel Apple Watch Series 4 models are now listing shipping dates of October 5 to October 12 with the exception of some 40mm models, and supplies of aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 models available for launch day delivery are also beginning to wane.

    Multiple Cellular + GPS models are still available, but the less expensive GPS-only models are almost all listing October shipping dates.

    Shipping estimates for the Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone XS Max are likely to continue to slip as additional orders are placed. Those who were not able to place an order early will not be able to get launch day delivery through an online shipment, but Apple retail stores are likely to have stock available for walk-in purchases.

    The first pre-orders for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 will be delivered on Friday, September 21, the official launch date for the devices.

    Article Link: iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 Shipping Estimates Begin Slipping
  2. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    Slipping faster than I thought with those prices...
  3. darkmarch macrumors newbie


    Jan 10, 2017
    Honestly, i picked up my phone went into the Apple store and got a 64 gig max. Easy. First time i ever got a phone on launch day!
  4. MVallee macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Not in Canada. All colours and all sizes of the XS and XS Max are still available for the 21st.

    Apple Watch is a different story.
  5. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'm upgrading a Series 0 stainless 42mm for a Series 4 stainless 44mm. I just got the cellular with white band, and it was already at October 5-12 at 12:10pm. I actually was able to select in-store pickup and even select a time, but by the time I clicked to the next screen I was forced to ship.
  6. zappa2001 macrumors newbie


    Sep 21, 2013
    iPhone Xs Max 256gb gold and Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 44mm with pink sand sport loop... order at 2:17am my time and both show they are shipping so I receive on September 21st!

    I didn’t select a payment plan and paid full price. No idea if that helped.
  7. JPack macrumors 601


    Mar 27, 2017

    Not really slipping too far even for the high demand true dual-SIM models.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    As Someone else alluded to, Apple tends to under promise and over deliver.

    Pre-ordered my Apple Watch when the website went live immediately, was predicted my Series 4:

    44 MM Black Stainless.
    Sept. 28-Oct. 5.
  9. dsizomutt macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2014
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Wow... I'm actually kinda happy my browser was glitching on att.com and I went to order my watch through Best Buy in the meantime. I never would've guessed the shipping times for the watches would be slipping more than the phones. I'm upgrading from the Series 0 42mm space grey aluminum for a S4 silver aluminum 44mm. Got the phone too after panicking for 35 minutes trying to get the site to take my address.
  10. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    This Series 4 Apple watch is going to be a company-changer, sorta like the iPhone 4.
  11. steven3130 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Anyone remember how long it took the iPhone X date to start slipping last year? I was thinking 8 minutes in?
  12. Macneck macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2012
    Maybe a marketing strategy to start bringing people to buy them?? Just saying... On the other hand, I don't think they need it. Both the phone and watch look great and people normally buy emotionally.
  13. steven3130 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Also, the resell market on eBay is starting to climb for the Series 4. The 44mm GPS only are starting to break the $550+ mark. The picture shows LTE, but the listing says GPS.

  14. evr124 macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2014
    looks like the watch is selling faster than the phones!
  15. mathiasinthe314, Sep 14, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018

    mathiasinthe314 macrumors newbie


    Sep 19, 2016
    No iPhone for me this year, going to stick with my X for now (first time since iPhone 4, I’ve not gotten the new phone). But I am upgrading my Series 1 to a Series 4.

    I preordered through the iOS app a little late (12:35a PT, 2:35a CT) and chose the 44mm Space Gray Series 4 with Cellular. Shipping date already showed October 5-11 as my estimated shipping date or an in store pickup at my local store for September 21st. So, I chose in store pickup. We’ll see, fingers crossed.
  16. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I think this is THE update that is getting most Series 0 holdouts to upgrade. I know I'm one of them.
  17. teflonthadon macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2015
    256 Xs Max w/ watch 44 mm stainless steel cellular ETA September 19. Definitely Easier than all the other years
  18. kodos macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    My wife’s Gold Xs Max 256GB is set for Sept 21! But the 40mm SS Milanese S4 AW was estimated for Oct 2 - 5. It was also Sept 21 but when I went to checkout it changed. Oh well. This would have been 12:20am PST.

    I did preapprove the phone FWIW.
  19. FourDegrees macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2017
    Up here in Aus ordered 40mm and 44mm AW4s for delivery on 21/9
  20. mikeenglish macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2015

    I got the same.

    I had the App store App on my phone and web site refreshing.

    App went live at and website 8 minutes later.

    Got mine on the 21 thanks to using the App.
  21. cwanja macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Most likely the stainless steel models that did not have in store pickup options and ship dates of 9/28 will ship earlier.
  22. Adamx macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Just bought 6x Iphone XS MAX 512Gb Space Grey Unlocked with 3 orders. Deliver on 21th :cool:

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  23. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    Can’t base that on much. Apple is launching for more areas than the past. I’d expect 512 to slip first
  24. recoil80 macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2014
    I just checked and in my country Xs Max is still saying 21/9, while series 4 depending on the models is predicting 2-3 weeks or 3-4 weeks, even for the stainless steel so quite an expensive model.
  25. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I ordered my 44mm SS sport band at 08:09 and was already dispatching 2-3 weeks here in the UK.

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