The iPhone X, Apple's thousand-dollar smartphone, drops Friday, November 3. If you're waiting for the right time to buy, this week is it. Apple just revealed how to get your hands on the phone in the first round of sales (or at least try). Depending on your preferred method of acquisition, the face-scanning, notch-having iOS device could be yours without you having to heft your body to an actual Apple retail store.
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Pre-Order Online (If You Can)
Save yourself the trouble of going to a physical Apple store to pre-order your iPhone X online; you can do it all from Apple's website, or through the Apple Store app. Pre-orders start on Friday, October 27 at 6:01PM AEDT. Even though you might be second in line at your local Apple Store, pre-ordering online is a different beast entirely. Everyone around the world will be hitting Apple's site, attempting to purchase the (homely) device. That means servers processing orders will slow to a crawl, and you might suffer from a connection timeout, which could set you back a bit or force you to restart the pre-order process entirely. Remember to breathe, or at least use a wired internet connection.
Gizmodo Apple is quickly moving away from the classic iPhone Home button we all know and love. Last year's iPhone 7 replaced the physical button with a touchpad and haptic feedback, and the upcoming iPhone X removes it entirely in favour of a futuristic face-scanning camera.
Hit Up the Apple Store
Thrill-seekers can always try their luck and attempt to get an iPhone X in the flesh. You can walk into any Apple Store on Friday, November 3 and buy one there, but you'll probably be one of many waiting in line for the flagship device. Thanks to alleged production issues, iPhone X supplies will be limited, so waiting in line with the rest of the iPhone X faithful might not be the best idea due to the limited number of devices, combined with the early birds showing up to wait in line before you can ask Siri about Friday morning's weather. You're better than this. Use the internet.
Go Through Your Carrier
Every carrier will have its own supply of iPhone X devices, but you can try to increase your chances of snagging one by following your carrier's pre-order instructions. Pre-orders begin the same time as Apple's own pre-order program. You can try walking into your carrier's retail store, but the chances they will have enough devices to keep up with launch day demand is slim.