Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 15, Friday, at 12:01 a.m. PT (or 3 a.m. ET) in the United States. The handsets will go up for pre-order in other major markets at the same time as well.
The timing was confirmed by Apple on its website, with the approach being similar to what Apple has been doing for iPhone pre-orders over the years.
Customers who manage to place their order early should be able to get their hands on the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus on September 22 itself — the handset’s launch day. Otherwise, due to heavy rush and demand, delivery times are likely to slip to a few weeks within minutes of pre-orders going live.
You will be able to pre-order the iPhone 8 through Apple’s online store or via its Apple Store app. You can also pre-order the iPhone 8 through Apple’s website if you are an iPhone Upgrade Program member. The unlocked iPhone 8 has been priced at $699, with the iPhone 8 Plus coming in at $799.
During the pre-order process, you will have to select your existing carrier, the storage variant, and decide whether you want to buy a SIM-free or carrier variant of the handset.
In case you are not able to place the iPhone 8 pre-order on Apple’s own store, you can always try your luck at Best Buy and other retailers/carriers. They will also start accepting iPhone 8 pre-orders around the same time as Apple.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus go up for pre-order on September 15 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.
The main question that remains though: do you plan on getting the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? Or will you wait for the $999 iPhone X which is hogging all the limelight right now?