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iPhone 8, Apple Watch 3 still surprisingly easy to get hold of

iPhone 8
There’s still time to bag an iPhone 8.
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If you haven’t already pre-ordered your iPhone 8, or an Apple Watch Series 3, there’s still time to claim one for launch day delivery.

Apple’s latest devices don’t appear to be selling quite as quickly as their predecessors, with many options still showing September 22 delivery dates almost three hours after pre-orders opened. The same can be said for Apple TV 4K with 32GB of storage.

When Apple opens pre-orders for a new iPhone, you usually get mere minutes to claim one before shipping estimates start to slip. If you don’t get your order in by around 8:10, you might as well forget about receiving it within two weeks of its launch.

But that’s not the case with iPhone 8. Almost three hours after pre-orders opened, many models are still available to order with delivery on September 22. Here’s how things stand as I write this:

  • iPhone 8 64GB
    • Silver — delivers September 22
    • Gold — ships in 1-2 weeks
    • Space Gray — ships in 1-2 weeks
  • iPhone 8 256GB
    • Silver — delivers September 22
    • Gold — delivers September 22
    • Space Gray — delivers September 22
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64GB
    • Silver — ships in 1-2 weeks
    • Gold — ships in 1-2 weeks
    • Space Gray — ships in 1-2 weeks
  • iPhone 8 Plus 256GB
    • Silver — delivers September 22
    • Gold — ships in 1-2 weeks
    • Space Gray — ships in 1-2 weeks

Of course, most Apple fans who stay up late to pre-order are keen to get their hands on the very best the company has to offer. That’s iPhone X, which isn’t available to pre-order until October 27. Perhaps it’s not too surprising that iPhone 8 isn’t as popular as its predecessors, then.

Apple Watch Series 3

with LTE connectivity appears to be selling faster than the GPS version — or suppliers were smaller — with shipping times slipping on some options. However, many are still available to order for September 22 delivery.

There are obviously too many to list here, but if you’re looking for a 38mm device, you won’t have too much trouble getting one. Almost all options are available for launch day. Some 42mm models appear to have sold out, with shipping in up to 3 weeks, but there are some available.

If you want the more affordable Series 3 with GPS connectivity only, you should be able to find one with September 22 delivery in either size relatively easily.

As for Apple TV 4K, shipping has now slipped to 5-7 business days for the 64GB model. However, the more affordable 32GB model is still available for delivery on September 22.

Obviously these things change quickly, so by the time you’ve chosen the device you want, the shipping estimate may be different. But the times listed above were accurate when this post was published.

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