How to Pre-Order iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, Apple Watch 4 Tonight
If you plan on pre-ordering one of the all new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or the Apple Watch Series 4, tonight is the night. Pre-ordering an iPhone or Apple Watch basically insures that you will be amongst the earliest consumers to get your hands on the latest devices from Apple, as they almost always sell out initially and then it can take weeks or even months for Apple to catch up to the demand.
If you’re an early adopter who wants to wait as little as possible to get your hands on an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or Apple Watch 4, then pre-ordering is the way to go. We’ll share a few tips and suggestions to get your pre-order smoothly, increasing your odds of being able to land one of the coveted new devices as early as possible.
iPhone XS Pre-Order Time: 12:00 AM PT on September 14
Pre-orders begin at midnight tonight (technically 12:01 AM PDT on September 14).
If you want to be one of those who gets an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or Apple Watch 4 as soon as possible, you won’t want to slack or oversleep. You’ll want to be getting your pre-order in right away at the proper time to reserve your device. Often even just being 15 minutes late is enough to delay your shipment by a week or two, sometimes more, depending on the demand for that particular iPhone model.
If 12:00 AM PT is in the middle of the night for you, set an alarm on your iPhone to wake you up a few minutes beforehand. Really, if you want one right away, don’t slack, even if it means waking up at some odd hour to participate in consumer culture.
How to Pre-Order iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max
The two main methods of pre-ordering iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are to use the Apple website, or the Apple Store app. Other options include pre-ordering from a cellular mobile phone provider, like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, or whatever carriers are offering the pre-orders in your particular region. We’re going to focus on pre-ordering through Apple here, but you’re certainly free to pre-order through a cellular carrier if you’d prefer to go that route.
Pre-ordering through the Apple website
The place most people will place their iPhone pre-orders is through the Apple website, all you need is a web browser on any computer or device and you can do so:
- Use the Apple iPhone XS website: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-xs
Using the Apple Website to pre-order is highly effective, but it’s worth pointing out that sometimes the sheer volume of traffic from other pre-ordering customers can cause the Apple websites to crash or underperform, which can delay the pre-ordering process for you (and often everyone else too) by a few minutes. Whether or not this happens is dependent on many factors beyond your control, so be ready for that possibility.
Pre-ordering through the Apple Store app
Using the Apple Store app is another method to pre-order an iPhone or any other Apple product. It seems that fewer people pre-order through the Apple Store app, so sometimes the Apple Store app pre-order process will work when the Apple Store website fails due to heavy traffic and demand, potentially offering a minor advantage in some situations.
If you’re going to use the Apple Store app, download it to an iPhone or iPad, then get your payment details squared away ahead of time. You also might want to familiarize yourself with the general process of ordering through the app, it’s simple enough, but if you’re half-asleep from being woken up in the middle of the night you might be glad you rehearsed the process ahead of time. It’s like training for a marathon, except it’s not at all.
Pre-ordering Apple Watch Series 4
Pre-ordering the Apple Watch Series 4 is the same as pre-ordering an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, but of course you’ll be selecting an Apple Watch Series 4 instead of an iPhone. Nonetheless you can pre-order the Apple Watch through the Apple Website, or the Apple Store app just the same.
Pre-Ordering iPhone Tips
- Start trying to pre-order immediately at midnight, refresh the app and/or website until it loads
- Make sure your payment information is up-to-date, together, available, and functioning ahead of time
- Using Apple Pay for a purchase is especially fast, you can add a new card to Apple Pay on the iPhone or iPad ahead of time to speed up the process
- Have your exact model figured out ahead of time, if you want the iPhone XS Max in Silver at 512 GB, know that ahead of time
- Have fun, it’s sort of a game right?
What about pre-ordering iPhone Xr?
The iPhone Xr is also available to pre-order, but at a later date. Instead of being available for order at the same time as the XS models, Apple has postponed the pre-order date of iPhone XR to October 19 (also at midnight), with a ship date of October 26.
Good luck with the pre-order process, and have fun!