Many Apple fans are anticipating purchasing the iPhone X via preorder Oct. 27 but Apple claims the smartphone will also be available to walk-in customers when the device officially launches Nov. 3. The tech giant recommends those intending the purchase the device in stores arrive at an Apple Store location early if they intend to buy the handset. The iPhone X release date will likely draw extensive lines of customers waiting for their devices. Many often preorder handset online and then pick it up in stores, while others begin camping outside of Apple stores up to one week prior to an iPhone launch date. In recent years, a trend has arisen, in which people pay other to stand in line for them and wait for the latest iPhone.
Bits of my bezel have fallen away. First the screen cracked, then it fell on the floor yet again -- of its own accord, of course -- and created a shatter pattern and a hole. It was time, then, to upgrade to a new iPhone. So off I went to a distant Bay Area Apple store to be sold on which one. What does the next ten years hold for the smartphone?
Only a handful of people waited outside Apple's flagship London store for the iPhone 8 this morning - a far cry from the snaking queues of previous years. Queues were smaller than usual because of the anticipation surrounding the ultra premium iPhone X, which offers a radical redesign, new screen and advanced camera features. That is released in November. The special edition iPhone X features Apple's first ever edge-to-edge screen and facial recognition technology. This can be used to unlock the phone and make payments via Apple Pay, as well control new animated emoji - named Animoji - using their facial expressions.
The Apple Store has gone offline ahead of tonight's launch of the iPhone X. It isn't possible to buy anything from Apple's website at the moment, and this will likely be the case for several more hours as the company updates it. Latest iPhone X and iPhone 8 news live – follow all the updates here. It isn't clear if Apple actually needs to take its store offline in order to make updates, but the move has become something of a ritual on the day of major announcements, as the company tries to build hype. Tim Cook will unveil a trio of new smartphones tonight: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Are Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus selling poorly? It depends how you look at it. According to often-accurate Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via MacRumors, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales are less than stellar simply because a lot of potential buyers are holding out for the iPhone X. SEE ALSO: Report claims iPhone X production hasn't even started yet Kuo is essentially agreeing with other assessments that iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales are weak compared to earlier models, but he thinks the market is "excessively negative" about the whole thing. According to Kuo, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales have been roughly half of the sales of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or even 6S and 6S Plus. But that's alright, because Apple is counting on half of its sales coming from the iPhone X -- and that device won't become available until Nov. 3.