At 3:01 AM EDT on Friday (12:01 PDT), untold thousands of gotta-have-it-NOW people will slam Apple’s website in hopes of pre-order the iPhone X, the Jesus phone of the moment. Given the rumours of supply chain issues and reports of less-than-optimal numbers of units available, it’s going to be very, very hard to snag an X. It’s possible that they won’t be readily available until we’re deep into 2018.
It’ll be hard to get one now, but maybe not impossible. Here’s how you can maximize your chances.
Set an Alarm for Friday Morning
A lot of people will be sitting in front of their computers in their underwear in the middle of the night with multiple browser windows open to Apple’s web store, constantly hammering “refresh.”
Apple confirmed that the iPhone X will be available at their stores. How many? Probably not a lot, so if you want one, get in line now for next Friday morning when they go on sale.
Talk to Your Carrier
It’s possible that your telco will have supplies. Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Eastlink and Koodoo Mobile say they’ll all have stock. Freedom Mobile hasn’t said if they will.
And, er, that’s it.
Whatever the case, make sure there’s room on the credit card. The price of an iPhone X starts at $1,319 for the 64 GB model and heads up to $1,529 for the 256 GB edition (there is not 128 GB model. Strange.) And don’t forget you’ll need Apple Care and a case, too.
Failing all of the above, Apple would surely appreciate it if you bought an iPhone 8 instead. Sales seem to be tanking. Same processor, same memory, same main camera, less money. Besides, how well is the X’s OLED screen going to work? Is it worth the expense? And who really needs face recognition, anyway?
Still, it would be nice to be able to see an X before making the decision, right?
Best of luck.