How to get an iPhone X, which is reportedly facing a huge supply gap, without getting into a beeline? Well, you steal it before it enters the store. This is what happened in San Francisco, where thieves stole more than 300 iPhone X devices worth over $370,000. According to a report by CNET on Thursday, the three thieves stole Apple’s new smartphones from a UPS truck parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store. The truck was delivering 313 of Apple iPhone X devices that cost $999 a piece (for 64GB variant), the report cited the police as saying.
In India, iPhone X will be available in stores from Friday at a starting price of Rs 89,000 (64GB). People could find their iPhones with Apple’s “Find My iPhone” and remote lockout features which caused a drop in stolen devices. So thieves are getting iPhones before these services are set up. Meanwhile, US-based package delivery company UPS said it was working with the law enforcement investigating the theft.
Apple, which started selling iPhone X in India from today, many authorised resellers of the brand said that don’t expect any beeline or products units in huge numbers as the company currently is not making its flagship smartphone’s in big number. This fact may disappoint many iPhone fans. “Demand for iPhone X looks very strong in India. However, right from the day one, it was obvious that users eager to buy iPhone X are in for a long waiting queue,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Mobile Devices and Ecosystems, Counterpoint Research said.