iPhone X Won't Be Available to Walk-In Customers at Apple Stores in Belgium or France on Launch Day

Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone X will be available for walk-in customers to purchase at its retail stores when the device launches Friday, November 3, but that will not be the case in two European countries.


Due to anti-terrorism restrictions, Apple will not be selling the iPhone X to customers without a pre-order or pickup reservation in Belgium or France. The news was first reported by the Dutch-language blog One More Thing, and MacRumors has since received confirmation from a reliable source who asked not to be identified.

As best as we're aware, Apple is simply complying with local laws and regulations discouraging large gatherings and queues in popular tourist areas, due to recent terrorist attacks in cities with Apple retail stores like Brussels and Paris.

Belgian and French customers can still pre-order the iPhone X on Apple's website for in-store pickup or delivery, although shipping estimates have slipped to 5-6 weeks in both countries. Also, in Belgium at least, Apple will begin accepting reservations for in-store pickup on November 4 at 6:00 a.m. local time.

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8 months ago

Wow....thank god we don’t have this problem in the US.

Yeah, we’re much more likely to be shot dead by our fellow citizens excercising their “second amendment rights”. Or by a cop who “feared for his life”. :rolleyes:
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and here is an example of why EVERYTHING ends up in PRSI these days. :rolleyes:

This thread by it’s very nature belongs in PRSI, which is why that’s where it was placed to begin with.
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8 months ago

Wow....thank god we don’t have this problem in the US.


Just thousands of others..........................
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8 months ago
I live in Brussels, Belgium and I feel much more unsafe in the US where every lunatic and his brother are allowed to have a machine gun. Or where any minute the president can start WW3 .

By which I don’t want to minimise our own problems ;-)

But not selling a phone seems like a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.
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8 months ago

No. But you said machine guns and I would like to know where? and if you were not in an area such as a military base, why you didn't contact the police?

Are you being intentionally obtuse? The argument you're about to make. The one relying on a pedantic textbook definition of machine gun. Yeah that one. Please don't. You know exactly what the poster is referencing. We do have access to AR and AK styled weapons. It's our constitutional right to have weapons and there are plenty of places where open carry negates the need to contact the police. But you know that already.
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8 months ago

The one relying on a CORRECT definition of "machine gun."
I doubt the poster knows what they are referencing. Ever since 1990, there has been an intentional media campaign to conflate machine guns with single-shot self-loading rifles that bear cosmetic (but not functional) resemblance to machine guns.

No one cares. Seriously, no one cares and it matters little in the context of the conversation.

I'm not about to let it slide.

What are you going to do about it? Sternly word your post to note objection to someone mis-classifying a gun? :p:D No cares.

Not that it matters, but 4 presidents have been assassinated, not 2. I mean if you're going to get bent out of shape about the accuracy someone else's gun description one would think you'd care about the accuracy of your presidential information as well. :rolleyes: Not even gonna mention the 6 other attempts... oops guess I just mentioned the 6 other attempts. :oops:
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8 months ago

No, actually, they’re not.

Firearms were used to kill 13,286 people in the U.S. in 2015, excluding suicide.[12] ('https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#cite_note-BBC-12')Approximately 1.4 million people have been killed using firearms in the U.S. between 1968 and 2011, equivalent to a top 10 largest U.S. city in 2016 ('https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population#United_States'), falling between the populations of San Antonio and Dallas, Texas.[12] ('https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#cite_note-BBC-12')

Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher.[13] ('https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#cite_note-CBS-13') Although it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the U.S. had 82 percent of all gun deaths, 90 percent of all women killed by guns, 91 percent of children under 14 and 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed by guns.[13] ('https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States#cite_note-CBS-13') In 2010, gun violence cost U.S. taxpayers approximately $516 million in direct hospital costs.

The attack in New York mimicked tactics seen recently in London and in Nice. Do you have a point?


Yes. That domestic attacks in the US are as dangerous as foreign terrorism in the EU.
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8 months ago

How can Apple expect anyone in any country to be able to walk in and pick one up in the store on launch day? Especially since everywhere is showing 5-6 weeks?


Because they allocate some to their stores so they have some for sale day 1.
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8 months ago



Manchester?

Isolated incidents of terror in other countries don't negate the overall frequency with which our citizens are slaughtered with legally obtained specially designed killing tools.
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Safer in Brussels Where you have no go zones where the cops are too afraid to enter? Which is a fact.

Jesus. Do you believe everything you read on Breitbart?
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8 months ago
There are several reasons, and here are few:
Belgium is smaller market, they focus mostly on France, Germany and UK in Europe.
However, France has and had problems with every iPhone launch since 2012. People getting stabbed, robbed, beaten after or during queues and buying new iPhones.
France also changed the law on standing in line outside in huge numbers, due to fears of terrorism.
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8 months ago

Facts are important. Maybe worry about heart disease or mental health issues the way you worry about firearms and you'll actually save some lives rather than endangering them.
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You clearly are uninformed about US law so let me try to help. "Lunatics" are barred from having firearms in the United States. You must pass a background check for criminal and mental history. Also "machine guns" as you call them, are even more regulated (by the NFA) than a typical semi-automatic rifle or handgun so even harder for "every lunatic and his brother" to get his hands on.

I know the media makes it hard by shouting out falsehoods so I hope this helps. Personally, I would feel more unsafe in Europe where the government does not trust its law abiding citizens enough with a tool (because that is all a firearm is) to protect themselves. With all due respect, your only option in Belgium is to run, pray, and wait for police, no?

As the saying goes, "When you outlaw guns, only Outlaws will have guns."

Take care.

And yet Europe doesn’t have mass shootings on practically a weekly basis, while we do. Have you forgotten about Vegas already? Tell me, what would you and your gun have done to protect those people? Nothing. You would been powerless, just like you are now. You’re paranoid and your gun gives you a false sense of security. Enjoy it, because Americans are losing their lives on a daily basis so you can fool yourself into thinking you’re “protecting” yourself.
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