How does one get an iPhone X, which is reportedly facing a huge supply gap, without getting into a beeline? Forget pre-orders - you steal it before it enters the store. At least, that's what a group of thieves believes, who stole more than 300 iPhone X devices worth over $370,000 (roughly Rs. 2.40 crores) from near an Apple Store in San Francisco, just ahead of its launch.
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 - around 11:15am PT (11:45pm IST), literally making it a daylight robbery.
The truck was delivering 313 iPhone X units, the report cited the police as saying. Prices start at Rs. 89,000 or $999 (for the 64GB variant), and go up to Rs. 1,02,000 or $1,149 (for the 256GB variant).
US-based package delivery company UPS said it was working with the law enforcement investigating the theft, the report notes.
The iPhone X goes on sale on Friday in India, as well as host of other first wave launch countries, namely - Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US, and the US Virgin Islands.
Written with inputs from IANS