If you weren’t ready to get up early or haven’t pre-ordered for some other reason, it’s still possible to get an iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, or iPhone 13 Pro Max. in your hands when they launch on Friday.
In the United States and other countries that have Apple retail stores, such as Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia, many iPhone 13 models are still available for in-store pickup on Fridays. September 24.
While it is not estimated that a particular iPhone model will ship on launch day, it is still possible to reserve certain versions for in-store pickup.
A silver iPhone 13 Pro with 128GB of storage, for example, is expected to ship in Apple’s online store in 4-5 weeks. However, the device is available for pickup on September 24 at multiple retail stores in multiple countries.
Once you go to checkout and click on the blue ‘Payment’ button, select ‘I’ll pick it up’, then choose a store location, pickup date, and 15 minute available check-in window from the options .
If you personally collect the iPhone, enter your phone number. If someone else is arranging the pickup, enter their contact details. The pickup person must have a valid photo ID.
Then proceed as usual with the checkout process. After payment has been made, wait until you receive a withdrawal notification email or text by September 24 before picking up the iPhone. If you don’t receive one, call the store.
Since the iPhone is prepaid, the store will keep the device in their backroom until you arrive. Your order will be held for 14 days.
Of course, another option is to simply wait until Friday and enter an Apple Store, preferably as soon as it opens. You may have to queue, but the lines have generally been shorter in recent years. Note that temperature checks and face masks may be required.
You can use the pickup tool on Apple’s website on launch day to check if stores in your area have stock, or call the store directly.
All in all, you still have a few days left to make sure you get your new iPhone on launch day, even if you missed the pre-order. Just be sure to select the color, storage, and carrier combinations that are still available for pickup by September 24.