Apple has officially unveiled the long-awaited iPhone X, its tenth-anniversary edition, as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, which were rumored long ago to be the 7S and 7S Plus.
Whether you want to fight for that shiny, full-display iPhone or you're looking for a more traditional upgrade, you're going to want to order these phones ahead of time. If history is any indication, new iPhones go fast. And unless you're willing to wait outside with the true fanboys, you're going to want to jump on those preorders.
You can find all the information you need to get yourself a brand new iPhone below, along with a few tips and tricks to making sure nothing goes wrong when the preorder floodgates open.
Thanks to Apple's announcement today, we know the iPhone X will be available in stores beginning on Nov. 3, 2017, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be available on Sept. 22, 2017. If you're planning on camping out for the newest Apple device, or just hoping to get lucky by walking in, here are the stores that will be selling the iPhones on day one:
If you want to purchase your new iPhone like a Gadget Hacks pro, preordering is the way to go. For the iPhone X, preorders begin on Oct. 27, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. PT, while the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus begin on Sept. 15, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. PT. Order from your favorite carrier or vendor, and you will be shipped the iPhone like any other online purchase. How easy is that?
iPhone X Preorders:
- Preorder from Apple
- Preorder from AT&T (link coming)
- Preorder from O2 (UK)
- Preorder from Sprint (link coming)
- Preorder from T-Mobile
- Preorder from US Cellular (link coming)
- Preorder from Verizon Wireless (link coming)
- Preorder from Vodafone (Australia)
- Preorder from Vodafone (UK)
iPhone 8 / 8 Plus Preorders:
Ah, yes. When the magic has faded and the smoke has cleared, price becomes an issue. Apple has a reputation for producing expensive devices, and this generation of iPhones is no exception:
- iPhone X: 64 GB ($999); 256 GB ($1,149)
- iPhone 8: 64 GB ($699); 256 GB ($849)
- iPhone 8 Plus: 64 GB ($799); 256 GB ($949)
Unfortunately, the rumors were true about that iPhone 8's high price tag. Luckily, there are other options for consumers to get their hands on it besides paying the full price outright.
Apple's solution is the iPhone Upgrade Program, which allows you to break up the price of an unlocked iPhone into smaller monthly payments. These monthly payments can vary, based on both device price and how often you want to upgrade your device.
If you upgrade once every two years, your bill is split over the course of 30-months, with an upgrade available after 80% of the iPhone is paid off. If you want to upgrade after one year, however, the iPhone's price will be split over a 24-month period. In this plan, you will be able to upgrade your device after 50% of the iPhone is paid off.
If you'd rather buy the iPhone outright, don't forget to check out Apple's Trade-Up Program, which will give you money for your old devices towards the purchase of a new iPhone. You just might want to check out what your device is going for on eBay, though, since Apple isn't very generous with their offers.
If you don't want to go through Apple, your carrier probably offers similar two-year or one-year upgrade programs.
- AT&T: Like the iPhone Upgrade Program, the Next plan gives you 30 monthly installments and lets you upgrade to a newer iPhone after 80% is paid off, while their Next Every Year plan is 24 monthly payments, with an upgrade to a new device after 50% is paid off.
- Sprint: The iPhone Forever plan lets you lease a new iPhone over 12 monthly payments, then trade it in for the newest iPhone model upon release. The plan runs 18 months if you don't upgrade after 12, and, at that point, you can either pay the difference to own the device or keep making monthly installments until the iPhone is paid off.
- T-Mobile: Jump! On Demand breaks your cost over an 18-month span. After those 18 months, you can either pay the remaining balance on your smartphone or trade it in and "jump" to another one. You can also swap it for another phone anytime during those 18 months, up to 3 times per year, with no additional costs.
- US Cellular: With their Early Upgrade Program, you can pay for your iPhone 8 over either 20, 24, or 30 months. You can trade in your device after 60%, 75%, or 80% has been paid off, respectively, and start a new plan with a new device.
- Verizon Wireless: They require you to pay off at least 50% of your iPhone cost before upgrading to a newer iPhone each year.
Just because you know the preorder and release dates, as well as where to buy a new iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus, doesn't mean you're going to get one right away. While the iPhone 8 models will probably have enough stock, the iPhone X will most likely sell out very quickly. To make sure you're one of the first to get it, check out our tips below.