The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arrive later this month (unlike the iPhone X), and, as a result, Apple is gearing up to help its iPhone Upgrade Program customers pick up the newest smartphone.
As initially noted by MacRumors, Apple has started sending out emails to customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program, letting them know they are pre-approved for the upcoming iPhone 8 and/or iPhone 8 Plus. Apple notes in the email that the pre-approval window is very limited, as it will close on Thursday, September 14 at 4:00 PM PT/7:00 PM ET.
To complete the ordering process, though, you’ll need to be ready for when pre-orders actually go live. That will happen on Friday, September 15, at 12:01 AM PT.
This year will see a change to the return process, too, for iPhone Upgrade Program customers. Instead of having to visit an Apple retail site to return your old iPhone after you get your new one, you’ll simply be able to use a trade-in kit, which includes a prepaid shipping label to return the old iPhone to Apple through the mail. That should help alleviate any stress of having to make a trip to a (busy) store, unless you actually want to go to the store to finish up the process.
For those wanting to be aware of pricing, the iPhone 8 monthly cost looks like this:
- 64GB: $34.50 per month
- 256GB: $40.75 per month
iPhone 8 Plus
- 64GB: $39.50
- 256GB: $45.75
It’s worth noting that this pre-approval process does not include the iPhone X just yet. That will more than likely happen in early October, ahead of the October 27 pre-order date.