Apple slashes iPhone X wait times again as holidays approach


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Average wait times are just 3-5 business days.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

If you’re hoping to get hold of an iPhone X in time for the holidays, there’s some good news: Apple has slashed shipping times again to an average of 3-5 days in the United States, while lead times in China are down to as low as 1-3 business days.

As per Apple’s U.S. website, orders for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and SIM-free iPhones are down to 3-5 days, while T-Mobile handsets are still estimated at 9 days.

The 3-5 day period seems to be fairly standard across different countries outside of the U.S. In terms of in-store availability, a greater number of Apple Stores are now offering the device with no waiting time, particularly in larger cities.

A big Apple success story

The availability of the iPhone X has been one of the success stories of the year for Apple. Originally, the tech world was bracing itself for the new handsets to be available in very limited supply so that most people wouldn’t get their hands on one until 2018. Apple proved us wrong, however, with pre-orders that were originally scheduled to arrive in late November shipping at the start of November instead.

In mid-November, we reported that shipping estimates had fallen to under three weeks for new customers. One week after that, estimates were again revised to drop down to 1-2 weeks, before dropping again to a single week.

According to respected Apple analyst KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Foxconn is currently shipping 440,000 to 550,000 iPhone X units per day, representing an enormous increase on the 50,000 to 100,000 units being shipped each day just a couple months back.

Kudos to Apple. At least a few folks in Cupertino deserve an extra cup of egg nog as thanks this year!

Via: Apple Insider


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