Apple iPhone X pre-orders begin few days and this guide outlines when, and where, they’ll start in your country.
Its taken a few weeks, but Apple’s finally ready to put its flagship 5.8-inch iPhone X on sale for the first time. The iPhone X release date is confirmed for November 3rd, but the company will deliver an early pre-order period giving consumers in the United States a chance to select an iPhone X for release date delivery.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus pre-order period came and went without any major problems but we, and many others, expect the iPhone X launch to be a different beast.
Apple Stores will have some iPhone X stock available for walk-ins on the morning of November 3rd, but there’s no telling how much stock each store will have or how fast stock will fly off shelves.
If you want the iPhone X on November 3rd you’ll want to put in a pre-order when they begin. Rumors continue to hint at shipping delays and well-known Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo claims the iPhone X won’t be widely available at launch due to various production issues. Apple will reportedly have two to three million devices available at launch.
There’s a chance iPhone X stock will sell out quickly so it’s important to prepare for the start of iPhone X pre-orders later this week.
When Do iPhone X Pre-Orders Start?
If you want to pre-order the iPhone X you might need to stay up late or wake up early depending on where you live. The iPhone X pre-order time is confirmed for 12:01AM on October 27th.
If you live in the Pacific Time Zone in the United States, you’ll most likely want to stay up until Midnight. However, if you live on the east coast, you might need to set an alarm to wake you up before work or class.
Here’s how the iPhone X pre-order time breaks down in the U.S. on Friday, October 27th:
- Pacific – 12:01 AM
- Eastern – 3:01 AM
- Central – 2:01 AM
- Mountain – 1:01 AM
If you live outside of the United States and one of those time zones, your iPhone X pre-order time will be a little or a whole lot different. Here’s what the iPhone X pre-order time looks like for other countries around the world:
- London – 8:01 AM
- Moscow – 10:01 AM
- New Delhi – 12:31 PM
- Shanghai –3:01 PM
- Tokyo –4:01 PM
- Melbourne –6:01 PM
- Auckland – 8:01 PM
Apple probably won’t be the only one taking iPhone X pre-orders at 12:01AM Pacific on October 27th.
We also expect a handful of third-party retailers to take iPhone X pre-orders. Best Buy recently launched an iPhone X splash page and it allows interested parties to signup for more information about the flagship device. Its also got an iPhone X order page live though you obviously can’t put in an order yet.
iPhone X Release Date
If you don’t want to deal with iPhone X pre-orders you can try heading down to your local Apple Store, or retailer, on November 3rd. Again, stores open up at 8AM local time.
November 3rd is the official iPhone X release date in more than 55 countries and territories around the world. The initial batch of countries includes Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the United States, and US Virgin Islands.
Those who are unable to an iPhone X pre-order will likely have to contend with release date lines outside Apple stores and other retail locations.
Apple encourages potential buyers to arrive at stores before doors open.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.