Apple announced two new iPhones at its recent September event.
Apple officially announced the new smartphones on Sept. 12, and while we’d heard rumors about some of the new features, others came as a surprise.
The iPhone 8 all-glass design is made with “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone,” per Apple. The phone is water resistant. It offers wireless charging (provided, of course, that you’re willing to pay for an Apple-branded wireless charging mat).
The new Retina display looks better than ever thanks to automatic white balancing and dual domain pixels (they adjust to different viewing angles). Oh, and behind the glass, the new A11 Bionic processor should provide plenty of speed for gaming, photo editing, and other intensive applications.
You get all of that for $699 (64 gigabytes) or $849 (256 gigabytes). Not bad, right?
That’s just the iPhone 8. The real reveal was the iPhone X.
Intended to be the new flagship iPhone, the iPhone X is what Apple fanatics have really been waiting for. It’s also the most controversial iPhone in recent memory.
The controversy certainly doesn’t stem from the new phone’s design. The iPhone X is absolutely gorgeous; made with an edge-to-edge OLED display, it has no bezel, or “frame”, so to speak, so it looks like something from a science fiction movie.
“For more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. The iPhone X is the realization of that vision,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, in a press release. “With the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with Multi-Touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone—one in which the device disappears into the experience.”
The iPhone X also features a Face ID system that recognizes your face to unlock your phone—a feature that Apple had a bit of trouble with during their press conference—and a Super Retina display.
It improves on the iPhone 8 in every conceivable way, but there’s one catch, and it’s a big one…
The 64-gigabyte iPhone X will retail for $999, while the 256-gigabyte version will cost $1,149. No, that’s not a misprint.
For many Apple fans, that’s too much to pay for a smartphone, regardless of whether cell providers like AT&T subsidize the purchase. Still, we’re guessing that the iPhone X will be in short supply when it hits stores on Nov. 3, 2017.
So, how can you get one of these iPhones on launch day?
First, be ready for the pre-orders. The iPhone 8 will be available on Sept. 15, while the iPhone X will go up for pre-order on Oct. 27.
The pre-orders will likely start at 12:01 a.m., Pacific time, on each day, so set your alarms. You’ll want to be towards the front of the line, unless you’re willing to buy the 256-gigabyte version of the iPhone 8, which—and this is just a prediction based on past iPhone releases—should be easier to find.
Color may also play a role. The iPhone 8 (and iPhone 8 Plus, because of course there’s a plus-sized version) is available in silver, gold, and black, while the iPhone X is available in silver and black. Some colors won’t be as popular, so if you’re not picky, you’ll stand a better chance of successfully pre-ordering.
To improve your chances of landing a new iPhone, order from your current phone, ideally through the Apple Store app (if the Apple Store experiences high traffic, which seems likely, the app should be a little more stable than the browser version of the website).
Make sure that all of your payment information is updated before you start your purchase. You can avoid entering your credit card number by checking to make sure that your Apple Pay settings are updated. You’ll also want to have all of your carrier information ready.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with waiting a few days to read reviews of the new iPhone before you actually go through with the purchase. After all, these devices certainly aren’t cheap, so this might a good time to sit out on the iPhone early-adoption craze.