iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 Orders Now 'Preparing for Shipment' Ahead of September 22 Delivery
Sep 16, 2017 7:30 pm PDT by Juli Clover
A day after Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3, the first orders have shifted to "preparing for shipment" ahead of a promised Friday, September 22 delivery date.

Apple began preparing Apple Watch Series 3 orders starting yesterday afternoon, while the order status of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus appears to have started changing this afternoon. Apple TV 4K orders have not yet updated to preparing for shipment, but that should happen soon.


Pre-orders for all three devices started at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 15. While some SIM-free and T-Mobile iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models sold out relatively early for home shipping, supplies of other devices have remained strong. It should be no problem to pop into an Apple Store on launch day and pick up an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus.


It may be more difficult to get one of the new Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE connectivity, as several configurations did sell out and list shipment dates of a few weeks. In-store pickup is also unavailable for these models. Non-LTE models are, however, readily available.

Orders that have been updated to "preparing for shipment" status should begin officially shipping out over the course of the next day or two. The first orders will arrive on Friday, September 22, with customers in New Zealand and Australia being among the first to get their hands on the new devices.

Update: Apple TV 4K orders have now started shifting to Preparing for Shipment too.

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23 weeks ago

Wish getting the iPhone X would be this easy!!


pre ordering the iPhone X will be easy, as long as your pre order gets in within 3.5 seconds after pre orders go live on the 27th of Oct. Any moment after those 3.5 seconds, and you will be get an email half an hour later from Apple with your estimated shipping time:
''March 22-29, 2018'' ;)
Rating: 25 Votes
23 weeks ago
Despite the criticisms and claims that the X is the only valuable option,

I'm genuinely excited to get my iPhone 8! I still haven't decided if I'm getting the Watch though.
Rating: 22 Votes
23 weeks ago
Goodluck!! for those getting iPhone 8, I am waiting and will get iPhone X. To me iPhone 8 Plus doesn't seem big upgrade over my iPhone 7 Plus.
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Edit :- Pictures of iPhone 8 packaging
Rating: 21 Votes
23 weeks ago

Goodluck for those getting iPhone 8, I am waiting and will get iPhone X. To me iPhone 8 Plus doesn't seem big upgrade over my iPhone 7 Plus.

Same here. But, to be honest, I am dreading October 27th at 3AM (Eastern). I have a feeling it'll be a cluster**** and Apple's servers (as well as the carriers) are gonna crash and we'll see ship dates slipping almost immediately. The anticipation for this new phone, combined with the very tight supply, is going to leave a lot of people upset.
Rating: 17 Votes
23 weeks ago

Why would anyone waste money on the 7s with the X around the corner?


That’s all in your perspective... I could say “Why would anyone waste over $1000 to beta test the X with the refined 8 already available?”

Different strokes for different folks.
Rating: 15 Votes
23 weeks ago
I suspect they've shot themselves in the foot. They're high prices to pay for the 8 and people will not want to pay those prices to feel like they've gotten second best. On the other hand, the price of the X is I suspect too high for most people so they will go neither. On the other hand there are the numerous similar phones which are touted as equally premium but are significantly more affordable. I would think the competition will pick up quite a few people as the easy and sensible choice.

I'm certainly in the above camp. I have been waiting enthisiasticaly for the launch because I'm getting to the point where I will need to replace my iPhone 5. The 8 is not the phone I've waited all this time for but $1829 (Oz prices) is just obscene for the X. Where are consumers like me supposed to go?
Rating: 14 Votes
23 weeks ago
Probably one of the weakest launches in recent history.

All iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models available in 1-2 weeks.

I predict the same situation that happened in 2016 where Tim Cook's pay was reduced due to lower than expected demand for the iPhone 6S.
Rating: 14 Votes
23 weeks ago

Probably one of the weakest launches in recent history.

All iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models available in 1-2 weeks.

I predict the same situation that happened in 2016 where Tim Cook's pay was reduced due to lower than expected demand for the iPhone 6S.


People are probably holding off till the iPhone X is released to see whether they want it or the 8.

In the short run, it may mean fewer phones sold this quarter. But I predict Apple will probably still sell as many, if not more phones for the entire financial year.

Not to mention the expected increase in ASP brought about by the iPhone X.

Only question is if Apple can make enough iPhone X to meet demand or if this will be another Airpods situation. Not to mention that by March next year, people may just decide to hold off till the next iPhone refresh.
Rating: 11 Votes
23 weeks ago

Probably one of the weakest launches in recent history.

All iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models available in 1-2 weeks.

I predict the same situation that happened in 2016 where Tim Cook's pay was reduced due to lower than expected demand for the iPhone 6S.

And if shipping had immediately blown out to 12 weeks we would have to put up with the “wasn’t Cook meant to be a supply chain wizard, worst launch ever, fire him now!” crowd.
Rating: 10 Votes
23 weeks ago

Probably one of the weakest launches in recent history.

All iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models available in 1-2 weeks.

I predict the same situation that happened in 2016 where Tim Cook's pay was reduced due to lower than expected demand for the iPhone 6S.


Looks to me like one of the best prepared launches. Seems you are one of those who will complain no matter how things go. Plus there's the fact that many reasonable people will want to wait until they can compare iPhone 8 and iPhone X in a store to make their decision.
Rating: 9 Votes

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