At 3 a.m. EST on Friday morning, Apple finally allowed customers to preorder their exciting new iPhone X online. However, if you were hoping to have the 10th anniversary iPhone ship to you on the actual release date, Nov. 3, you will be severely disappointed. If you’re reading this it’s too late, the iPhone X sold out online in minutes. Now if you order an iPhone X online the delivery date isn’t expected for five to six weeks, meaning you won’t receive the handset until mid-December. That’s a wait twice as long as most new models that debuted last year. If you don’t want your iPhone X to arrive on Christmas, you could attempt to brave the crazy crowds and lines that will surely gather outside of Apple stores when the phone actually releases on Nov. 3.
A new report suggests that the shortage of phones were because delays due to “problematic parts related to face recognition.” Apple initially planned to have 40 million iPhone X units for the launch of their brand new flagship handset, but only ship 20 million units are said to be available by the end of this year. Apple is reportedly manufacturing 10 million iPhone X units per month.
If you do get your hands on an iPhone X, you had better hold onto it tight because repairs are going to be scary expensive. The iPhone X is the most expensive phone on the market, starting at $999 for the 64GB version and $1,149 for the 256GB model. The repair costs reflect the extravagant device. Apple will charge flat rates of $279 for iPhone X screen repairs and $549 for any other out-of-warranty repair for the device.
If you buy AppleCare+, Apple’s extended warranty that covers the phone for two years after the original purchase of the phone, the costs for screen repairs are $29 and $99 for any other damage. That is of course after you pay initial AppleCare+ fee that costs $199 upfront. Without AppleCare+, iPhone owners are covered by a limited one-year warranty, which dropping your phone is not included. Last month, we saw that the iPhone 8 does not perform well in drop tests and it will cost at least $99 with AppleCare+ to fix a broken glass back.