iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day

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Apple has promised that iPhone X will be available to walk-in customers on launch day.

The company encourages fans to “arrive early” to bag their new smartphone. Recent reports have warned that the device will be in severely short supply throughout the rest of 2017.

As if we needed reminding, Apple published a press release this morning that confirms iPhone X will be available to pre-order on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PDT. You can place your order via the Apple Store app for iOS, or on apple.com.

iPhone X will be available in-store

You will also be able to purchase iPhone X from Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8 a.m. local time. “Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early,” Apple says.

If you’re buying your handset through the iPhone Upgrade Program, be sure to get pre-approval for your loan to speed up the buying process.

iPhone X won’t be easy to obtain

Apple obviously doesn’t tell us how many iPhone X units will be available at launch. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently warned the figure will be between 2 and 3 million. A more recent report claims Apple will produce just 20 million units this year.

That’s going to make the company’s hottest smartphone to date incredibly difficult to obtain early on. There simply won’t be enough units to go around initially, which means a lengthy wait for those who don’t pre-order early or get lucky at an Apple Store.