As expected, Apple’s iPhone X sold out within minutes and units are expected to ship out weeks after the November 3 launch date.
Many dedicated fans stayed up late or woke up extremely early in order to purchase the iPhone X on Friday when its pre-orders went live 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time/ 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time. The reason for the device selling out so fast was due to the limited supply of the iPhone X. Apple has been reported having production problems with the facial recognition module which has the ability to log users into the phone just by looking at it.
According to Business Insider, some customers received a confirmation message that read the device wouldn’t ship until four to five weeks, while Apple’s website says “5-6 weeks.” Either way, it will be weeks after the official November 3 launch date before consumers begin receiving their devices.
9To5Mac spotted a statement sent out by an Apple spokesperson, saying that the demand for the iPhone X was “off the charts.”
“We are thrilled to be taking orders for iPhone X, the future of the smartphone. We can see from the initial response, customer demand is off the charts. We’re working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible. We will keep accepting orders online, and iPhone X will be available at Apple retail stores on Friday, November 3 starting at 8 a.m., as well as from our carrier and retailer partners around the world.”
If you don’t want to wait weeks for the iPhone X, Apple will have a limited amount available at its retail stores next Friday when doors open 8 a.m. local time.