Apple’s customers had to wait in long lines to get the all-new iPhone X, but those who intend to get their hands on the phone now would have to face disappointed because the phone has been sold out in the 20 big cities! The phone was available over the weekend, and even though being the most expensive iPhone ever, it still managed to be a sell out by Sunday.
The top 20 cities, where the iPhone X would be unavailable for pickup as per the Apple’s website are : New York, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, Phoenix, , Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.
There were only a few iPhones available for those who wanted to buy the latest flagship in Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Scottsdale, Tucson, El Paso, Santa Monica and Northridge, California.
Not only this but according to Apple, the expected shipping date for those who have ordered online is around 3-4 weeks.
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The iPhone X was made available to its customers at exactly 8:00 a.m on Friday and was a sold out in many Apple Stores by an afternoon of Saturday. Many people hooked up in line with their fingers crossed on buying an iPhone X. On the contrary, this is something which didn’t happen with the launch of iPhone 8 and 8 plus in September.
The irony is that people were grasping this opportunity for their own personal benefits as well. There were many who were buying two units instead of one, aiming to resell it at a higher profit. But there were also those, who were genuinely interested in giving the second one away as a gift. There was already news of iPhone X selling at profit of more than $1500 to $5000 on major secondary market selling sites like eBay and Craigslist.
According to Gene Munster who is an analyst along with being an investor with Loup Ventures, he hadn’t seen larger lines of people looking to buy an iPhone than the last time he saw people aiming to get their hands on the iPhone 6. Since with the iPhone X, iPhone 6 was the last majorly redesigned and revolutionary iPhone which Apple had released.
In a blog post, Munster commented that “The iPhone X line counts exceeded lines for the previous 3 iPhone releases, including lines 57% longer than the iPhone 7 lines,”.
The iPhone X featuring a new edge to edge design and a new FaceID feature instead of the traditional TouchID was expected to outsell, there was this sold out wasn’t unexpected. Furthermore, it was the first time that Apple had implemented an OLED screen, which offers a much vivid display and brighter colors.
Apart from the usual iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, new iPhones have traditionally been sold out by Sunday on their respective opening weekends. Because of this, the Apple recommended its customers to rather pre-order their phones, than hooking up in long lines.
Another reason for the outsell maybe that the iPhone X was already in limited supply due to the introduction of new features causing much production delays and shortages, leading to such a hiccup.