Apple may have already announced iPhone X as an upcoming device in the company’s smartphone range, but at the time of the September 12 media event, the hardware hadn’t yet been officially cleared for sale in the United States by the relevant authorities.
That has now all changed with the United States Federal Communications Commission officially granting its approval to the hardware, meaning it’s now officially allowed to be sold.
Apple may have been enthusiastic about iPhone X during its September event, which not only included the company waxing lyrical about the hardware and its capabilities, but also about its release date and when consumers will be able to get their hands on it. With that said, the company then listed the device on its website to give more information but was forced to append the listing with a notice informing that FCC approval had yet to be acquired for the hardware.
iPhone X has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
Many consumers think it’s a case that companies like Apple can simply create devices, market them, offer them for sale and then start shipping them around the globe without any external input. That’s simply not the case in the United States, with all radio-transmitting devices requiring legal permission from the FCC before they can physically be sold.
The approval is in place to allow the FCC to ensure that all devices of this nature are sold as intended and that they are operating effectively without exposing consumers to harmful RF exposure limits.
But now, the official confirmation from the FCC that iPhone X is safe and approved for sale means that Apple is now legally able to remove the aforementioned warning from the iPhone X section of its website. It also means that Apple is now in a position to confidently list the hardware for pre-order in the coming weeks, October 27 to be exact before putting it up on store shelves on November 3.
In all honesty, the likelihood of the FCC rejecting the device for sale was very slim, but until that official approval comes in there was always the chance that could happen. Even if it was extremely slim.
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