Apple is shipping many iPhone X preorders sooner than expected
- Many iPhone X preorders are now shipping sooner than expected.
- The shipping date changes are a sign that Apple may be able to more quickly meet initial demand for the hotly-anticipated device.
Preorders for the iPhone X sold out within minutes on Thursday, pushing back shipping date estimates for the hotly-anticipated device.
Many who were able to quickly place a preorder Thursday didn't get the guarantee that their orders would ship by November 3, when the iPhone X is slated to go on sales in stores.But Apple now appears able to meet more of the early demand for its flagship phone.
Shipping dates for a noticeable number of iPhone X preorders that initially were estimated to ship in mid-November have recently been updated to now ship by November 3, as noted by customers who shared their updated estimates from Apple on Reddit and other web forums .
The estimate changes seem to mostly apply to preorders that were originally quoted as having a ship date between November 10 and 17. On Saturday, Apple quoted new iPhone X orders as shipping in 5-6 weeks on its website.
Due to supply constraints, Apple is expected to only ship 2-3 million iPhone X preorders globally, making the device difficult to find through the holidays. KGI Securities recently cut its forecast for total fourth-quarter iPhone X shipments to 25-30 million units, down from 30-35 million units.