If you are hyped about Apple’s latest devices and plan on picking one up tomorrow morning, 9to5Mac’s PreOrder Hub is a step by step guide to help you get your hands on the newest iPhones. After you’ve determined which iPhone 11 model you would like to get, the goal is having the quickest checkout experience possible. With loyal Apple users ordering simultaneously tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. PDT (Sept. 13), a couple of minutes can make a huge difference in terms of when you receive your device especially when you are queuing with millions of others.
Head below for 9to5’s pre-order checklist and tips to prepare:
A new preorder start time: Since preorders begin at 5:00 a.m. PDT (Sept. 13) — that’s Apple’s local timezone in Cupertino and a new start time versus previous years – you need to make sure you’re awake in your local time zone. You can confirm your local preorder time here. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max officially go up for preorder in 30 countries tonight including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.
Get your account ready: Verify that your account with Apple is up to date. To do this, you can head over to Apple.com or open the Apple Store app and confirm that your credit card, shipping address, etc are current and valid in your account. If you haven’t made a purchase in a while, you might need to reconfirm your payment method or other details and that can take up costly time when millions of people are trying to preorder. How much stock and demand there will be for the various models of iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max is unknown, so a few seconds in delay can make all the difference.
Configure and add products as favorites: To save time when preorders open, you can add products as favorites on Apple.com or in the Apple Store app ahead of time. This allows you to configure the desired device in advance, and save it to your list of favorites by clicking the heart icon. From there you’ll be able to quickly tap “Add to bag” from your favorites list at 5:00 a.m. PDT (Sept. 13) and save yourself a few steps while others waste time configuring once the preorders have opened. If you really want to increase your checkout speed to ensure you get at least one device, you can add only your most desired product and checkout before continuing with accessories and additional devices.
Check carrier status: Review your account status for accurate info on buying the device on contract or with a monthly payment option with your carrier of choice. Through Apple’s website you can check your account status with your carrier to view your upgrade eligibility. Apple’s website also includes pricing and payment program options for most of the major carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc..) as well as shipping estimates.
Check Upgrade eligibility: You can also check your upgrade eligibility for Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program if you’re already a member or want to join. The Upgrade Program offers monthly payments starting at: $35.33 for the iPhone 11, $49.91 for the iPhone 11 Pro and $54.08 for the 11 Pro Max. Apple also has a program available for users to trade-in their old device in return for the equivalent value on Apple Store Gift Card. Readers in Apple’s Upgrade Program looking to get loan pre-approvals for iPhone 11 models via the device’s product page in the Apple Store app should do so before 4:00 p.m. PDT on 9.12. so that you can speed through the process on 9.13.
Accessories: As many of our readers know, iPhone repairs usually come a pretty hefty price tag. Whether replacing an LCD (iPhone 11) or OLED screen (iPhone 11 Pro), the associated cost is likely to be hundreds of dollars. For those not looking to pay for AppleCare or the new monthly subscription to AppleCare Plus, using a case is usually the most effective and cost friendly way to ensure your device’s safety. But whatever route you go, you’ll want to consider accessories too as availability on those can vary at launch for the new iPhones.
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