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Pre-orders for the iPhone X, Apple's most expensive smartphone, sold out within minutes after they opened yesterday.
In the UK -- where the phone has a starting price of £999 (a little over Rs 85,000 for the 64 GB) -- the Guardian reported the pre-orders sold out within 10 minutes.
"We can see from the initial response, customer demand is off the charts," Reuters reported an Apple spokeswoman as saying.
ayyyyy snagged an iPhone X i’m so hype rn pic.twitter.com/u48ZJbjInR— Corbyn • WHY DONT WE (@corbynbesson) October 27, 2017
"We're working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible," she added.
Reuters reported the company's website as showing delivery times for the phone pushed out to five to six weeks, compared to an initial plan of Nov. 3.
The phone will go on sale in India on November 3.
The X (pronounced "ten") will have a starting price here of Rs 89,000. While the 256 GB version will cost Rs 1,02,000.
Introducing the X in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook had called it "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone."
The X uses facial recognition to unlock, can be charged wirelessly, and has no home button.
Twitter meanwhile went into overdrive -- with one half saying, yippee, they'd got hold of an X, and the other half rehashing the old jokes about selling an arm and a leg, and a kidney.
Have a look:
Thinking of buying an iPhone X in South Africa cash? Why not add a free weekend trip to New York City while you pick up one. pic.twitter.com/98mnUtPtpG— Brent Lindeque (@BrentLindeque) October 28, 2017
Dad is calling Vodafone and ordering an iPhone X, what a madlad— Ghost of Chernobyl (@Vodskaya) October 28, 2017
£117 a month contract? Apple just brought robbing phones back into fashion with the iPhone X.— Keith Dube (@MrExposed) October 28, 2017
While also saying that Apple was laughing all the way to the bank:
Apple: “The Apple Store app will be the fastest way to preorder the iPhone X without any issues.”— Reid Chandler (@thereidfeed) October 27, 2017
Also Apple: pic.twitter.com/JCy85458WD