The new iPhone 7 has been announced, but there are still a lot of questions. The biggest question is simple: when can you buy the new phone and what is the best and fastest way to get it?
Here’s what you need to know.
The iPhone 7 will be available for pre-order starting on September 9 at this link. It will be officially released on September 16. If you want to be among the first to get the iPhone 7, then pre-ordering it is likely your best option. Meanwhile, iOS 10 will be available on September 13 and the Air Pods will ship in mid-October.
You can pre-order the iPhone 7 online through your browser or through the Apple app store. Either way, you can also sign up for the upgrade program at that time if you’re interested. If you want to get the phone as quickly as possible, then schedule to pick it up from an Apple store near you.
You can also pre-order the iPhone 7 to pick up from your phone carrier, whether it’s Sprint, Verizon, or another company. However, these stores sometimes sell out of new iPhones faster because they don’t keep as many in stock as Apple. You may have a slightly greater chance of ending up on a delayed backorder than if you go through Apple directly.
If you’re going to order the phone online, don’t delay. Pre-orders can sell out fast and you might get pushed to a delayed back order. So start checking for pre-orders online after midnight Eastern on Sept. 9 to make sure you can get an iPhone.
If you want to feel the “rush” of getting a new iPhone, you can also just choose to buy it from your carrier or Apple store on the day it’s released. This will require waiting in line to get the phone and risking the inventory running out before you can buy it. You’ll also need to arrive early. Depending on the location, you may need to line up the night before and wait overnight, or arrive a few hours before the store opens. This can be trickier than ordering online, but some people prefer this method because they like that camaraderie of waiting with a group of other people.