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Reserve An iPhone 5 For Next Day Pickup at a Local Apple Store

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The initial rush to get the iPhone 5 on release day is over, and now Apple is making it easier for users to pick up an iPhone 5 in stores.

Like last year Apple is now letting users reserve an iPhone 5 for an in-store pick up so they don’t have to wait in line.

The iPhone 5 reservation service is available online every night from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. local time. During that time users can go to Apple’s website and reserve an iPhone 5 which their local Apple Store will hold for two weeks.

Because there are different models of the iPhone 5 for different carriers users need to choose their carrier before they arrive in stores to make sure the store has the model they want. The service will let users view their upgrade options or let them choose to sign up with a new carrier before reserving the iPhone 5.

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To sign up for a reservation users need to just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the iPhone 5 page.
  2. Click on the Reserve button to choose your preferred Apple Store.
  3. Pick the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s you want to purchase.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  5. Confirm your selection.

Buyers will also need the Social Security number of the primary account holder when they walk into the Apple Store the next day, if they choose to continue on their current carrier.

Read: How to find an iPhone 5 in Stock at a Local Store

The reservation system is the easiest way to skip the 3-4 week wait of ordering an iPhone 5 online, and it makes it easier to buy one in a store. It’s much less frustrating than walking into an Apple Store only to find out they just sold the last iPhone 5 for your carrier of choice.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

25 Comments

  1. becky

    09/25/2012 at 10:24 pm

    the buy now for reserve thing is all greyed out..whyyy

    • Jake

      10/07/2012 at 7:18 pm

      this post is not completely accurate at all… as of now, the only reason you can pickup in store between 10 PM to 4 AM is if someone forgets to pick up a pre-ordered iphone 5. If everyone picks one up, then you’re out of luck. Most if not all apple stores do not have any stock as of right now.

  2. Nasir Javaid

    09/26/2012 at 2:57 am

    need to buy two phone as a gift

  3. Andrew

    09/26/2012 at 7:06 pm

    yeah, not working for me either :-/

  4. Kloy

    09/27/2012 at 3:31 pm

    This is al bs i try from 10pm to 4am and nothing all the stores shows unavailable for pickup
    starting to hate apple 0_____o

    • dg

      10/05/2012 at 11:56 pm

      yup, it’s a bunch of bull. it says “unavailable for pickup” at every store within 60 miles of San Francisco. And Apple is right here!

  5. David

    09/28/2012 at 1:21 am

    i tried from 10pm til now trying to get any store in the area to show in stock and none of them did. all said unavailable for pick up. i was on the website at exactly 10!!! there is no way they sold out in the second it took me to click the button! this is ridiculous.

  6. Nick

    09/28/2012 at 5:49 am

    I tried wednesday night and there was none available at any store. I tried last night and they had some in stock near me. I got an e-mail this morning saying its ready for pick-up. I suggest trying each night cause shipments come in irregularly.

    • Joe

      09/29/2012 at 9:15 pm

      did u have to pay online or did you pay when u actually picked the phone up?

  7. Kevin N

    09/30/2012 at 10:09 am

    I tried multiple times last night and couldn’t find a reserve button on the main iphone page. Maybe not available Saturday night/Sunday morning.

  8. Dmitri

    09/30/2012 at 7:32 pm

    This article is retarded and uninformed. It should be updated to say “By the way, none of this actually works.”

    In fact these jerks changed from greyed out to “select a store” at 9:50pm, NOT at 10pm. What a dick move.

    And already at 9:50, all of NY, NJ, AND CT are supposedly unavailable for ALL types of iphone 5? Obviously that impossible.

    I checked 4S, and those are in stock at all stores, so the system itself is functioning.

    I heard that apple reps are saying “the entire shipment might be sold out due to the pre-orders”.

    So WHY ARE THEY OFFERING IN STORE PICKUP WHEN THERE’S NOTHING TO PICKUP AND THEY KNOW IT?

  9. Dmitri

    09/30/2012 at 7:34 pm

    The other problem with this article is that it links to a page and says “click reserve” but there is no “reserve” button or link to click. Just “buy now” buttons, which is NOT reserving, it’s BUYING.

  10. javed

    10/03/2012 at 6:58 pm

    I tried but it is showing in reserve page
    Please try between time 9:00am and 5:00pm uk time
    can some one clarify this please

    I am in london

  11. Ashley

    10/03/2012 at 7:36 pm

    I just sat at my computer and waited for the second it turned 10 PM and got one. Last night I tried at 10:02 and they were available but I took my time checking out and it was gone by the time I clicked order. I went into the store and asked about it and they said sometimes it is as few as 10 phones and they have no idea when and if anything is coming or what size. One shipment was all 64G etc. Be patient. It isn’t a scam. Just a lot of people want them as well.
    Also as a side note I tried at 9:50 and had to wait until it literally turned 10:00 and then it showed them available. I am in Boston.

    • Athena

      10/07/2012 at 4:27 pm

      Do you have to pay online to reserve it?

  12. Liz

    10/05/2012 at 2:38 pm

    Went to the apple store today, and asked about “How to make a reservation for the iPhone 5″. The customer rep said, that the reason why the reservation button does not show up is bcuz you have to have an account for that carrier. For example, if you want to buy the iPhone 5 thru Verizon, you must have an account with Verizon, then that “Make a reservation” button would show up. I guess we gotta order online and wait or just stand in line like everybody else.

  13. Brad

    10/05/2012 at 9:41 pm

    Milwaukee Wi…
    I had to keep refreshing each set of GB iPhone 5. I had all 3 options im black in my cart. Do not use the iphone store app…its too slow to update. Just use your computer and keep refreshing each store. Finally a few came available. The order went through about 10:15pm. Hopefully I get an email to pick it up tomorrow. Good luck all.

  14. Mojo

    10/06/2012 at 3:56 am

    Same problem for me. I went through the entire reservation process only to see “unavailable for pickup” at every store.

    And no offense to the kid that does this site, but you should take down your picture. A lot of people might not take a 12 year old seriously when it comes to their tech news/reviews/advice. In fact I’m still laughing. Sorry, maybe you just need a new picture. Or one of your dad.

  15. Lee Redmon

    10/09/2012 at 11:03 pm

    I just successfully purchased one for next day. I was on the site with everything in the cart ready to go. I refreshed for about 5 minutes and eventually the stores showed availability in the Bay Area (on the Peninsula). I checked out as fast as I could and now will see how long it takes to get “the call”. Good luck all!

  16. Gena

    10/16/2012 at 12:36 pm

  17. Evan

    10/25/2012 at 1:11 pm

    Just a little thing I noticed on the article.. There is no such thing as an iPhone 5s. Only and iPhone 5.

  18. Evan

    10/25/2012 at 1:12 pm

    Just a little thing I noticed on the article.. There is no such thing as an iPhone 5s. Only an iPhone 5. (TYPO CORRECTION)

    • Georgi

      12/06/2012 at 8:09 pm

      I think he meant plural.

  19. Antonio Carcone

    11/09/2012 at 5:07 am

    i give up think i l.ll have to buy samsung 111 no joy from apple

  20. Han

    11/10/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Stupid….stupid apple policy~
    I checked apple store but not available. Next day, i changed my mine to Galaxy note 2.
    Let’s beat apple!!!

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