The iPhone XR officially went into pre-order yesterday morning with orders coming in on Friday, October 26th. More than 24 hours later, iPhone XR delivery times remain stable in the Apple Online Store, with the exception of certain T-Mobile models.
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At the present time, any color and storage capacity available for the iPhone XR will remain available for first day delivery on AT & T, Verizon and Sprint. That means if you order today, you will still receive your device on Friday, October 26th.
T-Mobile customers need to be more flexible in meeting their expectations. From now on, the blue, PRODUCT (RED) and Coral models in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB will be postponed until November 5 through November 12.
In addition, the yellow T-Mobile iPhone XR shipping slipped through November 15, November 12 in 64GB and 256GB, while the 128GB model is pushed back one week after November 12 through November 19. However, some of these models will show pickup the next day, October 26th – so this may be the best choice if you want to get a T-Mobile iPhone XR on start day.
The reason why T-Mobile's iPhone XR shipping times fall faster than other providers is probably due to the fact that you can buy T-Mobile through the Apple website without providing any carrier information. In the meantime, AT & T, Sprint and Verizon require pre-purchase authentication.
It is easy to assume that the extended launch-day availability of the iPhone XR means a slower sale for the device, and that's quite possible. However, Gene Munster notes, "He remains optimistic that the XR will be the top-selling iPhone over the next 12 months as it represents the highest value."
Munster adds that the iPhone XS has been delayed by -4 weeks at this time, while the iPhone X was dating from 5-6 weeks ago:
By comparison, in September, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max had lead times of up to 3-4 weeks, and last year (Oct. 2017)) iPhone X had lead times of 5-6 weeks.
Drawing knowledge from lead times is not science because we do not know how many phones Apple can produce. However, longer delivery times over the years (prior to the iPod) have historically been an indicator of healthy demand and shorter delivery times for weaker demand.
Have you pre-ordered an iPhone XR? If so, which model did you choose? Let us know in the comments!
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