Apple Received FCC Approval Before iPhone X Preorders Start

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Apple announced the iPhone X on September 12 on its great media event. However, it is important to note that the hardware for Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone hadn’t been officially cleared for sale at that time. For Apple, it was critical to get the FCC approval before iPhone X preorders start on October 27.  Now Apple has finally gotten its official approval on the hardware by the United States Federal Communications Commission.

At the September media event, the masses were amazed at the specifications Apple intended for the most anticipated smartphone of the year – the iPhone X. The company talked about the superb hardware, design and much more. Later on, Apple listed all the technical specifications on its site to provide the necessary information to those who weren’t able to catch the event. Still, given that at that time, Apple didn’t have FCC approval for the the iPhone X, the company had to inform prospective buyers that FCC approval was still pending for its upcoming flagship smartphone.

“iPhone X has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission,” Apple’s website read. “This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or leased, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”

Why is FCC approval required? Every radio-transmitting device needs to receive FCC approval before sales and shipments begin. All radio-transmitting consumer products in the United States need to acquire the same permission. That being said, Apple can’t just design products and sell them. This approval also means that the device is ready to be sold to consumers and that it won’t expose them to any risks or harmful RF exposure limits.

It is worth mentioning that chances were thin that the device would be rejected for sale by FCC. Still, the necessary testing is essential for every device and even though the chance is the slimmest, it was still there. It is good that Apple got approval for its flagship smartphone before iPhone X preorders start. The company can remove the warning and prepare for iPhone X preorders to start on October 27, while the official launch is on November 3.

Were you worried that Apple wouldn’t receive the FCC approval before iPhone X preorders start? Are you eager for the release of Apple’s newest device? Please leave a comment!

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Danica Simic
Danica Simic has been writing ever since she was a child. Before she started writing for ValueWalk she was reviewing laptops, headphones and gaming equipment as well as writing articles about astronomy and game development. Danica is a student of applied and computational physics while also studying software and data engineering. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, drawing and gaming whenever she has free time. - Email her at

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