iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max models are selling out ahead of their release date next week. If you failed to secure the model you wanted you’ll want to keep an eye out for additional stock as we push into October.
Some iPhone Xs models are already hard to find. iPhone Xs Max pre-orders are mostly sold out and the 4.7-inch model is likely going to sell out before the devices arrive on shelves next week.
Apple does have some models available online, but availability varies depending on the carrier and the store you select for in-store pickup.
If you failed to pre-order the iPhone Xs model you wanted you’re now faced with shipping delays and the devices in-store release date on September 21st.
Those who do head down to an Apple Store, carrier store, or retailer like Best Buy on September 21st will face unpredictable stock. Lining up to buy a new phone is a gamble and some people could walk out of the store empty-handed.
If you don’t want to waste your time waiting in line, but still want a new iPhone Xs ASAP, you’ll want to track stock as we move away from the pre-order date.
In this guide we’ll show you how to find an iPhone Xs in stock at an Apple Store. Checking for an iPhone Xs in stock takes seconds and it could help you find the model exactly what you’re looking for.
How to Find an iPhone Xs In Stock
You can try calling and asking your local Apple Store or retailer about stock, but it’s extremely easy to check availability from your computer.
To do this you need to select the iPhone Xs model you want to purchase and enter your local zip code. Apple will then show you what’s available for in-store pickup.
Many models will show up as unavailable, but stock will start to trickle back once the initial shipping delays start to subside.
You can also use third-party sites like like iStockNow.com to track iPhone Xs stock at Apple Store locations. Here’s how to use the site:
- Click on iPhone.
- Select iPhone Xs.
- Find your region.
- Click a store on the map to bring up a detailed chart for your local store.
This chart shows you exactly how much iPhone Xs stock the store you selected currently has.
If you’d prefer to buy your phone through a carrier or retailer, these tools won’t help you. If you want to buy from your carrier or a local retailer like Best Buy, you’ll want to check their websites for stock changes, call your local store and ask about stock, or head into a physical location to speak with someone.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for through Apple, your carrier, or your favorite retailer you can check for availability at resale sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Resellers on eBay and Craigslist typically charge more than the suggested retail price so be prepared to pay a premium if you want your phone in September.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're currently exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.4.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.4.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.4.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.