First iPhone X Orders Now 'Preparing for Shipment' in Europe With November 3 Launch Day Delivery [Update: US Too]

The first iPhone X pre-order customers have begun noting in the MacRumors forums that their orders recently moved to the "preparing for shipment/dispatch" stage. These users are located in Europe, and will be among the first to get the iPhone X in their hands, with deliveries promised to arrive on launch day next Friday, November 3. As of writing, no movement on order statuses has been made for customers in the United States.

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iPhone X pre-orders began at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on October 27, and shipping estimates began slipping into 2-3 week delivery windows in a matter of minutes. Now, new orders for most models of the iPhone X sit at a 5-6 week delivery estimate. Apple has described demand for the iPhone X as "off the charts."

Orders that are now updated to "preparing for shipment" status should begin shipping out to customers over the next few days. Once November 3 grows closer, the first orders will arrive to customers in New Zealand and Australia, and soon after that unboxing and hands-on videos of the iPhone X will likely be shared online.

Even though some orders are already preparing to ship, Apple coordinates with its shipping partners to hold deliveries until the official launch day, although on occasion a few can slip through early. The "preparing for shipment" stage also means that orders can no longer be changed or canceled. You can visit our iPhone forums now to discuss your order status with other MacRumors readers.

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If you received a shipping estimate beyond the November 3 launch date, there's a chance you could pick up an iPhone X in retail stores when the smartphone launches next Friday in more than 55 countries and territories worldwide. Of course, you'll have to arrive early to get a place in line, and supply is predicted to be constrained in many stores. If you plan on visiting an Apple retail location, most stores will open at 8:00 a.m. local time on November 3.

Update: Some iPhone X orders placed in the United States have also now shifted to preparing to ship with November 3 delivery dates.

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Top Rated Comments

macduke Avatar
88 months ago
Shouldn't American pre-orders be served first before everyone else?
Why? Apple launches it worldwide the same day. They have stock dedicated and distributed in mass quantities to various corners of the globe. We need to get over this idea that we're special because we're American. Even Apple has most of it's money overseas.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GadgetBen Avatar
88 months ago
Shouldn't American pre-orders be processed before everyone else?
No. Apple is a global Company and this attitude is why the world hates you
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
california_kid Avatar
88 months ago
Shouldn't American pre-orders be processed before everyone else?
You mean "America First"? LOL
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1800AirTAG Avatar
88 months ago
Shouldn't American pre-orders be served first before everyone else?
Why? Because Apple is an American-born company? A Calendar is a calendar... and let's be honest, as long as you get yours on time, why does it matter when everyone else gets theirs?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macuserpl Avatar
88 months ago
Shouldn't American pre-orders be processed before everyone else?
Why is there always someone who brings this up... No, no and no - Apple is a worldwide company and since the launch date is same for everyone this time, then the only fair way to treat customers is on the first come, first serve basis.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BMcCoy Avatar
88 months ago
Alternatively, putting up the "preparing for despatch" status stops people cancelling their order this evening, when they realise they've just spent a GRAND on a phone.....!

;-)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)