With just hours left until its arrival, first iPhone X orders have now begun shipping to customers as delivery estimates continue to improve ahead of the scheduled November 3 launch.

Apple started accepting preorders for the anticipated device last Friday, with the status of some early orders quickly changing to “preparing for shipment/dispatch”. MacRumors reported today that most orders have now been updated with a “shipped” status.

Additionally, some customers who were previously quoted a November 17-24 delivery estimate are now expected to receive their iPhone X around November 8.

“Many of these customers, but not all, are enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and ordered a silver model,” notes MacRumors. However, shipping estimates for new iPhone X orders are currently around 5-6 weeks across most Apple Online Stores.

Because it’s already Friday in Australia and New Zealand, long queues have started forming at Apple Stores across the Asia-Pacific region. For instance, huge crowds gathered outside Apple’s store in Orchard Road ahead in Singapore, reports Channel News Asia.

Thousands of Australians are also expected to queue around Apple’s retail stores and carrier outlets this morning following record-breaking preorders for iPhone X, reports News.com.au.

Apple has said that its stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers tomorrow, but advised shoppers to arrive early.

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