If you were hanging out to upgrade from your current phone to the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, today’s the day. Apple, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have all opened their doors to customers, and for the first time in years, stock levels seem to be pretty healthy.
If you’re intending to duck down to the Apple Store to pick up the new iPhone, it’s likely you won’t have to wait or be disappointed by low stock levels: the lines we saw this morning just before the 8:00AM on-sale time at both Apple’s flagship Australian store on George Street in Sydney, and Telstra’s own store across the road, were extremely short.
We think it’s likely that most buyers are hanging out for the $1579 or $1829 iPhone X, set to launch in Australia on November 3. Pre-orders for that phone will open up on October 27 at 5:01PM AEST. Telcos and Apple also have customer pre-orders to gauge interest as well as stock on hand in-store for walk-in sales. Gizmodo understands that pre-order levels were not high compared to the last few iPhone launches.
We’ve contacted the major telcos to get a running tally of stock levels throughout the day for both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in all colours, and we’ll let you know the stats and if anything goes out of stock today. [Apple]