IPhone X delivery times improve worldwide, down to 1-3 days in some markets


Apple this weekend updated its regional online stores to reflect improvements in iPhone X availability, which is now shipping in as few as one to three days in some locations.

According to Apple’s website, U.S. orders for all iPhone X models attached to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as SIM-free versions, deliver in 3 to 5 days, a marked improvement over recent ship-by estimates. Shipments of T-Mobile iPhone X units are pegged at nine days.

Lead times are even better in some international markets including Canada and China, which both show estimated delivery dates of 1 to 3 business days. European availability is akin to that of the U.S., with ship times in Germany and the UK pegged at 3 to 5 days, and France at nine days.

In-store pickup availability is also greatly improved from last week, with Apple outlets in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle showing the device as available to buy on Monday.

The stock updates are in line with expectations from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who in a note to investors late last month said supply chain improvements were to thank for boosted retail channel density.

Specifically, Apple reportedly diversified LCP LTE antenna orders to a second manufacturer, while producers worked out production bottlenecks related to the dot projector used in iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system, a highly sophisticated and sensitive component that powers exclusive features like Face ID.

With parts now rolling in at a steady pace, Kuo believes Apple assembly partner Foxconn is pumping out between 450,000 to 550,000 iPhone X units per day, up from an estimated 50,000 to 150,000 units.

Apple last updated iPhone X shipping estimates at the end of November, when U.S. deliveries fell below one week for the first time since the device went up for preorder in October.

Pent up demand for a fully redesigned flagship iPhone led to a quick sellout of Apple’s limited iPhone X launch supply, which was exhausted just ten minutes after preorders went live. Consumer interest in the device continued, pushing back ship-by times to well over one month. Within hours, iPhone X delivery estimates hit a high of 5 to 6 weeks.

iPhone X Launches in 13 More Countries

The iPhone X officially landed in 13 more countries on Friday, with launches in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, and Turkey.

In the countries and territories listed, Apple’s latest smartphone is being sold exclusively by authorized third-party resellers and carriers, with the exception of Turkey – where Apple has a retail presence in Zorlu Center and Akasya Acıbadem – and Macau, where an Apple store is based at Galaxy Macau. Apple’s flagship device also became available to customers in Israel on Thursday for the first time.

The iPhone X is also available to buy through regional online Apple stores in Malaysia (from RM 5,149), South Korea (from ₩1,420,000), Thailand (from ฿40,500), and Turkey (from 6.099 TL), with prices varying depending on local currencies. Apple appears to have made provisions for launch day availability in the above countries, with online shipping estimates at 1 to 3 business days at the time of writing.

Over the last couple of days, iPhone X shipping estimates have improved to around 1-2 weeks in the U.S. and Canada, and across Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where the iPhone X has been available since November 3. Early iPhone X rumors had suggested the device would be available in severely limited numbers until well into next year, but the balance between supply and demand appears to be leveling worldwide.

In related news, according to a report on Thursday in the London Metro, Apple’s offices in South Korea were “raided” earlier this week by state regulators. The article reports that authorities visited Apple’s Seoul offices and questioned the company’s business practices.

The raid is said to be part of an ongoing probe that was launched after Apple took action to address local authorities’ concerns about unfair contracts that the company had with South Korean firms commissioned to repair its devices. However, the incident has led some to question whether South Korean authorities are trying to hamper the success of iPhone X in the region, which is home to rival Samsung.

Lee Jae-yong, acting chairman of Samsung, was jailed for five years for corruption in August 2017. He was charged with bribery, perjury and other crimes following an investigation which led to the impeachment of South Korea’s then-president, Park Geun-hye. Also known as Jay Y Lee, the 49-year-old business magnate was accused of making payments in exchange for political favors.

​iPhone X to launch in 13 countries including Korea on November 24

The iPhone X will be launching in South Korea on November 24, Apple has announced, much earlier than anticipated.

The 10th anniversary edition iPhone will also launch on that date in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.

It will also be launched in the city of Macau on the same date. Israel will get it a day earlier on November 23.

A December rollout for the 10th anniversary edition had previously been expected. Apple didn’t give a heads-up to local telcos before revealing the launch date, sources said.

Pre-orders will begin on November 17.

In Korea, the 256GB model is priced at 1.63 million won (around $1,450), the highest-priced iPhone in the country and pricier than in the US.

The iPhone 8 was launched in Korea on November 3, but sales have been relatively low, according to local telco officials, likely due to consumers waiting for the iPhone X.

In the countries where it is already available, the iPhone X has been outpacing iPhone 8 in sales, according to Localytics.


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Motorola Moto X4 price in India leaked ahead of its 13 November launch

Lenovo-owned Motorola has launched the Moto X4 for the European market at IFA Berlin back in August. The smartphone which was expected to launch earlier this month in the Indian market will now launch on 13 November.

Motorola Moto X4

Motorola Moto X4

As the launch date of the device approaches, the number of leaks related to the device have increased considerably. According to the latest leak, an image shared on Twitter shows the back of the box packaging of X4 along with the Rs 23,999 price tag. According to a report by GSMArena, a user with the username Zhao Yu took to his Twitter handle to reveal the image.

Motorola has not revealed the pricing and availability details for X4 in the Indian market at the time of writing. The Moto X4 was launched in Europe for 399 Euros and $400 in the US later.

The Moto X4 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display (1080×1920) with Gorilla Glass protection and IP 68 water and dust resistance rating. It is powered by the Snapdragon 630 platform which features a 2.2 GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 508 GPU. It also features 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage that can be extended up to 2 TB with a microSD card and features a single Nano SIM card slot that supports 4G LTE.

In terms of camera specification, it gets a dual-camera setup on the rear with a 12 MP dual autofocus Pixel sensor and an “ultra wide-angle” unit with an 8 MP sensor. The front camera comes with a 16 MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture and features a selfie flash for taking pictures in low lighting conditions. The 12 MP rear sensor has a f/2.0 aperture and the 8 MP has a f/2.2 aperture. The phone’s camera is capable of recording 4k/2160p video at 30 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps.

The device runs on Android Nougat 7.1, features a front-facing (below the screen) fingerprint sensor and will be available in two colour variants: Super Black and Sterling Blue.