Pre-Order to Avoid Stores
If you pass on an online pre-order, but still want an iPhone SE 2 in your hands this week, you'll need to head into a retail store.
In a normal year, retail stores might be busy on launch day as people go in to check out the new phone in person. 2020 has been far from normal.
Apple Stores around the country are still closed due to the coronavirus outbreak and it's unclear when they'll open back up. Most carrier stores are closed as well.
Other well-known retailers are still open and will likely have the new iPhone SE 2 in stock this week, but it's not advisable to go in.
There's also no way of knowing what kind of stock retailers will have available. While some stores could have a bunch of stock, some stores might have uneven stock or no stock at all. In other words, there's a chance you'll walk away from the store empty-handed.
At this point, there's no reason to take a chance and you're much better off ordering online if you want an iPhone SE 2 this week.
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