While the vast majority of iPhone X customers continue to watch their pre-order status for signs of progress, at least one lucky customer in the U.K. has already managed to get his hands on the phone a day early.

91AE8F0C F115 4FA3 A023 7F7B4F113235
MacRumors forum member Illdoit2morrow visited his local DPD collection depot on Thursday morning after somehow managing to arrange pickup of his iPhone X parcel a full day ahead of Apple's official November 3 launch date.

As a result, pre-order customers in the U.K. will probably start trying their luck at DPD collection depots throughout the country, however the incident is highly unusual and unlikely to be replicated. Apple typically keeps a tight rein on the couriers it hires to ship products, and DPD could well find itself in trouble when news of the pre-release handover gets back to Apple.

Order statuses currently "Preparing for Shipment" should start indicating that the iPhone X is in transit later today, for delivery on Friday, as per Apple's official launch plans.

The lucky customer said he pre-ordered his iPhone X through British retailer Carphone Warehouse.

Top Rated Comments

skillwill Avatar
52 months ago
And a beautiful irony that [USER=1103112]@Illdoit2morrow[/USER] has made the news for doing something 2day
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PineappleSorbet Avatar
52 months ago
Or, you know, you could research properly to obtain the facts before rushing to publish an article. More so when the facts are available on your own forum.

It wasn’t an Apple.com order. It was an order via U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse. It was a “Click and Collect” order, where the packages are despatched to the nominated collection stores ahead of the release date; to facilitate release day collection.

DPD carrier is used by Carphone Warehouse to deliver the handsets to the nominated collection store. DPD’s in-flight “Predict” service allows for deliveries to be amended through a special link that is sent to the intended recipient. One of the options is to collect from depot.

It didn’t take any convincing; it’s a service they offer. The local DPD depot wouldn’t have known the contents and certainly wouldn’t refuse to hand over the package, as they offer this as a service.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Illdoit2morrow Avatar
52 months ago
Read the thread, this isn't true at all, he didn't "somehow convince them", he got confirmation from the courier yesterday and was able to change his delivery method to depot collection today.
Correct, no convincing needed. And DPD can’t be to blame (see my post on this) as there is no way they could have known it was an iPhone in the sealed bag?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
robeddie Avatar
52 months ago
Im sure when these people are old and telling their great grandchildren about their life accomplishments, they’ll regale them with endlessly entertainly stories (sic) about how they got the iPhoneX before most other people. Or how about that amazing day they waited in line for a few hours and got their iPhone 5s on release day.

Besides of course asking what the iphone was, the children will also ask, is great grandaddy losing it, or was he always this interested in fleetingly pointless things in life?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
52 months ago
I’ve tweaked the wording, but regardless, DPD has handed over a product to a customer one day ahead of the official release.
I don't know Tim. I'd just scrap this and count it as a first draft. Nothing in the article really matches the facts. You're painting a picture of a customer getting lucky, and a service doing something wrong. The customer simply used options available from his delivery service and it's not like DPD knew he was picking up an iPhone.

You can leave it as is, but you're better than that.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayenh Avatar
52 months ago
Read the thread, this isn't true at all, he didn't "somehow convince them", he got confirmation from the courier yesterday and was able to change his delivery method to depot collection today.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
iPhone 13 Dummy Thumbnail 2

Kuo: iPhone 13 to Feature LEO Satellite Communications to Make Calls and Texts Without Cellular Coverage

Sunday August 29, 2021 7:39 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 will feature low earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls and send messages in areas without 4G or 5G coverage, according to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the iPhone 13 lineup will feature hardware that is able to connect to LEO satellites. If enabled with the relevant...
General Apps Messages

Android iMessage Competitor Puts Pressure on Apple

Friday July 30, 2021 3:15 am PDT by
Google and the three major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, will all support a new communications protocol on Android smartphones starting in 2022, a move that puts pressure on Apple to adopt a new cross-platform messaging standard and may present a challenge to iMessage. Verizon recently announced that it is planning to adopt Messages by Google as its default messaging...
os x mountain lion macs 16x9 2

Apple Makes OS X Lion and Mountain Lion Free to Download

Wednesday June 30, 2021 12:19 pm PDT by
Apple recently dropped the $19.99 fee for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, making the older Mac updates free to download, reports Macworld. Apple has kept OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion available for customers who have machines limited to the older software, but until recently, Apple was charging $19.99 to get download codes for the updates. As of last week, these updates no...
bluetti eb70 main

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station and 200W Solar Panel

Friday September 3, 2021 11:13 am PDT by
For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with MAXOAK to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bluetti portable power station and an accompanying solar panel. Bluetti makes a range of portable power station options that are useful for camping, emergencies, power outages, off-grid living, and similar situations. The Bluetti EB70 is a solid middle of the road option that offers 716Wh and...
apple privacy

Apple Publishes FAQ to Address Concerns About CSAM Detection and Messages Scanning

Monday August 9, 2021 1:50 am PDT by
Apple has published a FAQ titled "Expanded Protections for Children" which aims to allay users' privacy concerns about the new CSAM detection in iCloud Photos and communication safety for Messages features that the company announced last week. "Since we announced these features, many stakeholders including privacy organizations and child safety organizations have expressed their support of...
General Spotify Feature

Spotify Pauses Plans to Add AirPlay 2 Support to iOS App [Update: Spotify Clarifies]

Friday August 6, 2021 9:07 am PDT by
See update at bottom of article Spotify this week confirmed that its plans to add AirPlay 2 support to its iOS app have been placed on indefinite hiatus. In an online discussion forum post, a Spotify representative said the streaming music service had been working on supporting AirPlay 2, but the company has paused the efforts "for now" due to "audio driver compatibility issues." The...
iphone 13 teal with text

Apple Begins Preparation for iPhone 13 Production Ahead of Fall Launch

Monday June 28, 2021 3:29 am PDT by
We're just a few months away from when Apple is expected to reveal the 2021 iPhone, dubbed the "iPhone 13." In preparation for its launch, it has been pulling in shipments of different components needed to produce the new iPhones, according to a report from DigiTimes. In years past, Apple released its latest iPhone lineup, alongside a new Apple Watch, during a September event at Apple Park....
General Spotify Feature

Spotify Partners With Delta to Provide Free In-Flight Music and Podcasts Service

Thursday September 2, 2021 12:59 am PDT by
Spotify has announced a new partnership with Delta that will see the streaming service take over the "audio" section of Delta's in-flight seatback entertainment, making select playlists and podcasts freely available to all passengers. You are now free to roam about the cabin—and get the music and podcasts you love at 30,000 feet. Beginning today, we're taking off in a new partnership with...
iphone 12 colors 2021

iPhone 12 Colors: Deciding on The Right Color

Thursday November 5, 2020 8:35 am PST by
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived in October 2020 in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both devices, as well as some popular classics. The 12 and 12 Pro have different color choices, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you might not be able to get your preferred model in that color. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone...