Apple says you'll be able to buy the iPhone X in stores on November 3... if you're early

You may have been under the impression that the only way to get your hands on an iPhone X in November is to place your order this week. But Apple has just announced that the new handset will be available to buy in stores by walk-in customers.

There have been rumors about supplies of the iPhone X being limited, so it comes as little surprise that Apple says walk-in customers should arrive early if they want to avoid disappointment.

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It's hard to say at this stage whether the relatively high price of the iPhone X will prove off-putting to potential customers -- indeed, this could be why supply numbers are limited. But it's entirely possible that on November 3 -- or even before -- we'll see the familiar sight of people queuing up, or camping out to get hold of the latest iPhone as soon as they can.

Apple says:

iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will be available to customers for pre-order on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PDT on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

iPhone X will be available in more than 55 countries and territories, and in Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time. Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early.

The company says that the phone will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999 from apple.com and Apple Stores. It will also be available through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.