Update: Apple Watch Series 4 is preparing to ship, as well.

After going up for pre-order yesterday, the first iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max orders are ‘preparing to ship’ through Apple’s Online Store. This change from processing/in-progress comes ahead of the anticipated September 21st arrival date…

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The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max went up for pre-order yesterday morning at 12:01AM PT/3:01AM ET. Supply was strong for the most part, through most variants have since slipped to late-September/early-October ship dates, as we noted yesterday.

While it’s easy to assume that your order already being in the ‘preparing to ship’ stage means you might get it early, that’s not necessarily the case. Apple is notoriously particular in making sure no one receives their order before the promised release date, which is September 21st in this case.

The Apple Watch Series 4 is not yet preparing to ship through Apple’s Online Store, though that will likely change sooner rather than later. Additionally, any orders for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max cases are also ‘preparing to ship.’

Were you able to get your preorder in on Friday morning? When is your order expected to arrive? Let us know down in the comments!

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