5 Reasons to Pre-Order the iPhone 6s (And 3 Reasons Not To)

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders start at midnight. Putting in an early order for the new iPhone will be a great idea for some of you but there are others that will probably want to avoid putting in an iPhone 6s pre-order tonight.

Earlier this week, Apple took to a stage in San Francisco to unveil the key products in its fall pipeline. Among them, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, two devices that will take over flagship duties from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in just a few short weeks.


The iPhone 6s release date is confirmed for September 25th in the United States and several other regions around the world. Before the iPhone 6s release date, Apple and its retail partners will take iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders.

The iPhone 6s pre-order date is confirmed for Saturday, September 12th. The iPhone 6s pre-order time will kick off at 12:01AM PST. In other words, we have just a few short hours to go before the start of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s sales.

With that in mind, we want to take a look at some reasons why pre-ordering a new iPhone might be a good idea. For some of you. Others might want to hold off on a midnight iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus pre-order.


5 Reasons to Pre-Order iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders start tonight and they will be available at Apple, carrier locations and select retailers.


If you do decide to pre-order the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, please take a look at our list of iPhone 6s pre-order tips. They will help.

You Want It ASAP

If you want or need a new iPhone as soon as possible, you’re going to want to stay up late to pre-order the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

We still don’t know how iPhone 6s supply and demand will play out but this is an iPhone and there’s a good chance that we’ll see some models sell out.



We might not see a full blown sell out but there’s a very good chance that some of the popular iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s models (16GB, 64GB, rose gold) will sell out quickly.

If you don’t want to wait beyond September 25th, you’ll want to put in a pre-order tonight or sometime this weekend if pre-orders are indeed available.

You Want to Avoid iPhone 6s Release Date Lines

If you want to avoid waiting in line for an iPhone 6s on its release date, you’ll want to put in a pre-order for the phone.

The iPhone release date is always a spectacle. And while this is an “S” model, we don’t expect anything different. There will be lines on the iPhone 6s release date (they’re already forming some places) and there will likely be uneven stock at some retail locations.

Most of you won’t want to wait in line. You’ll need to wake up early to stand in the cold. If you don’t get a good place in line, you might not walk out of there with the model you want.


Apple’s retail locations typically have the best stock but they also have the longest lines. Carrier stock is unpredictable. If you’re not at the front of the line, you’re probably going to be waiting on pins and needles.

We haven’t seen Apple hint at limited iPhone 6s availability (it did last year) but that doesn’t mean that it will be easy to find on September 25th.


The best way to avoid lines is through a pre-order.

You’re Using the iPhone Upgrade Plan & Want In-Store Pickup

We’re still not sure if Apple will be offering in-store pickup for regular iPhone 6s pre-orders. What we do know though is that it will be offering in-store pickup to those who buy through its iPhone Upgrade Plan.

The new iPhone Upgrade Plan, which is only available in the United States, is a tempting proposition to those who want to upgrade every year.


If you’re planning to take advantage of this offer and you want in-store pickup, pre-order the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus tonight or in the near future.

You Know Which iPhone 6s You Want

If you’ve already researched color, storage, the pros and cons of having a bigger screen, data plans, network size, customer service reviews, smaller carriers (regional and pre-paid), what you’ll do with your current phone, Android alternatives, and iPhone alternatives to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s, go ahead and put in a pre-order tonight.

If you already know the exact iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus model that you want, and you have the cash to buy tonight, there’s no reason to wait. If you haven’t done all of this ahead of the iPhone 6s pre-order start time, well, you might be better off waiting.

You Want a Popular Variant

It’s difficult to predict just how this iPhone 6s pre-order will go but as we’ve said, there’s a very good chance that some models will sell out.


Typically, new colors and the cheaper storage variants sell out first. In the past, that’s meant gray and gold iPhones, 16GB iPhones (the cheapest) and 64GB iPhones (the best value in our opinion).

This year, we’re expecting the 16GB/64GB rose gold and space gray iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to sell out the quickest. If you have your sights set on one of those, it’s in your best interest to get on early to pre-order. Those might be the first to go.

3 Reasons Not to Pre-Order iPhone 6s

There are also some reasons why we think it might be smart to skip an iPhone 6s pre-order and wait. Maybe you wait for the iPhone 6s release date itself, maybe you wait a little bit longer. Here are a reasons to consider skipping incoming iPhone 6s pre-orders.

You’re Coming From Android or Something Else

If you’ve never owned an iPhone before and you’re thinking about switching over to iOS, you might want to take a rain check.

First, you’ll want to go hands-on with Apple’s iOS 9 update. Thing is, iOS 9 isn’t out for the public just yet. The iOS 9 release date is set for September 16th, or, a few days after iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sales begin.

If you’re coming from Android, Windows Phone or a BlackBerry, you’re going to want to spend some time with iOS to make sure you’re comfortable with it and that it’s the right fit for your personal life and your work life.

iOS, Android and the other operating systems share some things in common but they also have some big differences. We’ve spoken to many consumers who regret blindly making the switch to iOS and vice versa. It definitely goes both ways.

Choosing the mobile software that you’re going to be using for the next year or so is a very personal, very important decision so you’ll want to take your time.

You’re Not Sure What Impact It Might Have

If you aren’t sure what kind of effect your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus might have on your data plan or bank account, you’ll probably want to skip a pre-order.

If you’re at all confused, you’ll want to go into a store, in and around the iPhone 6s release date, to talk to an actual human. This human will be able to walk you through exactly what an upgrade to the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus will mean for you, your plan, and your wallet.

You Don’t Want to Pay Full Price

Don’t pre-order the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus if you don’t want to pay full price.

While we’ve seen some nice trade-in offers from carriers and other companies, those require you to turn in an old phone in good condition.

Actual iPhone 6s price cuts are probably going to be few and far between in the weeks ahead and you should expect to have to spend quite a bit of money if you’re unable or unwilling to trade in your current device.

If you skip the iPhone 6s pre-order, you’ll probably have to wait a little bit to get the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus but you might be able to get them cheaper.

We’ll almost certainly see Black Friday iPhone 6s deals in November and we tend to see things get competitive once the initial release buzz dies down.

If you’re not sold on paying $199.99/$650 or more tonight, wait.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6: What’s New

3D Touch Display

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3D Touch Display

The new 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes a plethora of features possible, some of which we will break out into sections.

In short the new iPhone 6s display is the same size and resolution as the iPhone 6 display, but it can now tell the difference between a tap, a press and a deeper press. This allows users to call up secondary actions in many apps and on the home screen as well as in games.

The video above shows the new 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Even though the iPhone 6s display looks very similar to the iPhone 6 and both phones run iOS 9, you cannot use these new features on the old iPhone because the technology is not there.

3D Touch display actions work on the home screen, in Apple apps and in third-party apps.

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