Will iphone X be on display at Apple stores prior to ordering?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by upnorth85, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. upnorth85 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    Most times, the phone is displayed at an Apple event and bookings open right after that. This time we know there is much time lag between the time Apple demonstrated the iPhone X and the start of booking. Will Apple display the iPhone X in stores in the next few weeks so that potential buyers can play around with it before ordering?
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
  3. Nilhum macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2016
    I was in the 5th Ave store in Manhattan today and they did not have the X. I was a bit sad.
  4. upnorth85 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    Any particular reason why they would not do that?
  5. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Because they never have.
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Because that is how Apple has always been. The display models are available on November 3, when iPhone launches. They just want the iPhone itself to be available for viewing when the iPhone X is ready for resale.
  7. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Doubt it. Probably not until the morning of release.
  8. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    I will be on display when you can purchase it
  9. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
    The only Apple product that was in stores before the sale date was the Apple Watch. Apple does not put devices in stores till the day the product sells.
  10. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    More tactics, that the public goes along with. Sales will be huge!
  11. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    I don't remember a single iPhone being on display even one second prior to official release, EVER
  12. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    As others have said, because they never have.
  13. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Why don't they do this is the true question? Samsung doesn't mind doing it at all. Is Apple worried people may find something out and not buy the device? I just think it's foolish not to display it in advance and let people try it out. It's already fully functional.
  14. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    They want your money before you find dealbreakers. Once you have it, the average person is less likely to walk back to the store to get their money back.
  15. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    Just to see the colours properly would be nice
  16. LiemTa macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2014
    To maintain the illusion of mystery. You will not get to see the device beforehand. It would completely undermine Apple’s attempt to make you yearn for the device. Control yourself weakling.
  17. Geert76 macrumors 68000

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
    ofcourse you cannot see the iPhone X beforehand...it's just $1150/€1359, stop whining ;) and get your creditcard ready on the 27th of October.

    Okay, you can check out a demo model iPhone X at one of the Apple Stores before spending more then $1000/€1159, but this will be possible AFTER the pre orders on the 27th (of october)....I think you don't have to be a professor to know when ordering an iPhone X after these pre orders will get you shipping times of about 3 or 4 months.

    So again, stop whining and just get your money ready for an expensive product you are not able to see in real life.
    Apple knows what's good for you/us! :p
  18. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008

    It can be counter productive considering Apple’s relaxed returns policy. Because I’m not sure on the colours, I’m actually considering preordering both colours and then just returning one - either on day one after handling both in-store, or just taking them home and waiting a few days.
  19. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    Turning a cloud into a silver lining: at least the likelihood of many people experienced a delay before their X is delivered means you can go look at one in the shop and change your mind before it arrives...

    That’s my plan!
  20. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    From what I recall the underlying reason for that was trying it on and fitting for size.

    Though you could actually play with demo models too.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 30, 2017 ---
    I doubt it makes a difference in the real world. The majority of phones are not purchased during the pre-order window. Most buyers will actually get to play with phone before buying.

    For those that do preorder you could probably demo the phone before it’s even delivered on release day and decide if it’s something you want to keep or not without even opening the box.
  21. upnorth85 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    So Apple is hoping that people will buy without seeing the new device, for fear that if they dont order right away it could take them several weeks or months before they get it. One is more likely to keep it once one buys it. This seems to be a sales strategy. Yesterday there was a post from some one who had a scarch on the coating but yet was reluctant to go through the return process.
    So one follow up question please. I have an Apple store close to my home. For a return, can I just go and return the phone after using the phone, but within 14 days of receiving it? Is there a restocking fee or something like that?
  22. the future macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2002
    Please name one shop that displays a product (of any kind) that is not (yet) for sale. If it's a "sales strategy", it's pretty widespread and certainly not unique to Apple.

    And yes, in the 14 day window you can return any item to Apple without a fee of any kind.
  23. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Sweet! Insert that Samsung evangelist schtick into a conversation which it has nothing to do with. We get that you feel the need to self-affirm after switching from iOS, predictable posters are tiresome and predictable.
  24. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Most adorable typo I have seen in a long time! Where can we go to view you? :D
  25. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    It wouldn't make any sense. It either:

    1) Make consumers frustrated that they can't have what they want, and eventually try to get enough hands on that they try to think of ways they can 'feel' they are sick of it and pick up some other phone.

    2) Increase chances of theft at an Apple store.

    3) Apple loses the consumers that are anxious about the new phone since they can't even touch it... (who may end up not waiting because they realize how it is not a big deal, or prefer some other phone)

    This thread looks similar... merge?

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