Apple iPhone X pre-orders have started and the device’s already selling at Apple and its retail partners. If you didn’t get the iPhone X you wanted, make sure you keep an eye on stock as we push away from the release date.
As expected, the iPhone X is hard to find. iPhone X pre-orders sold out almost completely and the device’s shipping dates have been pushed back into November and beyond. As of 1AM Pacific Time, Apple does have some Sprint versions of the iPhone X available for pickup on November 3rd, but availability varies depending on which Apple Store you select during the checkout process.
Those who failed to pre-order the device must now contend with shipping delays and retail stores on the iPhone X’s November 3rd release date.
Apple Stores and other retailers should have stock on hand, but there’s no telling how much stock each store will have. It’s a gamble.
If you’re hunting for a specific iPhone X model and you want it ASAP, you’ll want to keep an eye on iPhone X stock at Apple and other retailers as we push into November toward the end of the year.
In this guide we’ll show you how to find an iPhone X in stock at in an Apple Store. Checking for an iPhone X in stock takes seconds and it could help you find the model you’re looking for.
How to Find an iPhone X In Stock
There are a few ways to quickly check for iPhone X stock from your house or office. You can try calling your local Apple store or retailer, but checking from your computer will save you time.
Simply choose the iPhone X model you want and enter your local zip code. The site/app will show you what’s available for in-store pickup.
If you want to check out another iPhone X model you’ll have to jump out and make the appropriate selection.
As of right now, most models are unavailable for in-store pickup. That said, we expect to see new stock emerge in the near future so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
You can also use a third-party tool like iStockNow.com to track iPhone X stock at Apple Stores.
Simply find your region and click a store on the map to bring up a detailed chart. The chart shows you exactly how much iPhone stock that store has.
You can also select the iPhone X (it’s labeled as “X”) from the “iPhone” category in the dropdown menu. Click on iPhone X to see where stock is available in your state.
If you’d prefer to buy your iPhone X through a carrier or retailer, these tools won’t help you. If you decide to go that route, you’ll want to check the carrier/retailer website, call your local store, or head into a physical retail location to ask about iPhone X stock.
If you don’t can’t find what you’re looking for via Apple, your carrier, or another local retailer, you can check for availability at resellers like eBay and Craigslist.
Just be prepared to pay a premium.
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.