Apple customers are one step closer to being able to play with the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as well as the new Apple Series 4 with deliveries for Apple's new hardware being shipped from carriers and stores from Friday's official release.
There are reports from customers who receive notifications from their network providers and from the online Apple Store, advising them that their iPhone orders have been shipped. Screenshots of the reports on Twitter show the shipments as expected on September 21 in virtually all observable cases, with no difference in arrival date between carriers and stores.
AppleInsider has received its own confirmation that iPhones and the Apple Series 4 have started shipping, with deliveries expected for tomorrow.
Couriers and delivery companies are known to have sufficient employee coverage for the launch periods of the iPhone, to ensure quick deliveries of the products on the day of launch. Indeed, a leak in the days prior to Apple's "Gather Round" event showed a courier in Italy who warned employees on September 21 for higher than normal deliveries, and remained at a higher level for the remainder of the week.
An initial analysis of the pre-order process suggested that the delivery of the iPhone XS and XS Max is not as limited as during the launch of the iPhone X. Nevertheless, it was calculated by Gene Munster of Loup Ventures that those before 03:20 hours ET ordered when the orders would have started in advance, would certainly expect at the launch, but at 3.40 am orders for the iPhone XS Max had lead times of between 2 and 4 weeks.
Analysis also anticipates the iPhone XS, XS Max, and the upcoming XR beats 85 million units shipped in 2019.