November 2nd 2017
By Mike Flaminio
Preorders for Apple's latest smartphone sold out quickly, with orders rapidly slipping into weeks after the November 3rd launch date. But Apple seems to be shipping devices out of the blue, with phones that were originally expected to arrive at the end of November now showing delivery dates as early as November 6th.
Some overseas estimates on new orders also appear to be shortening.
I thought it was curious that the pre-orders quickly got pushed back to 5-6 about an hour or so after pre-order launched, but had not changed since. That seems to indicate that Apple doesn't have a strong handle on supply past the initial wave and it doesn't want to overpromise. It seems all the rumors of supply problems may have been overblown.