iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max models are selling out ahead of their release date next week. If you failed to secure the model you wanted you’ll want to keep an eye out for additional stock as we push into October.
Some iPhone Xs models are already hard to find. iPhone Xs Max pre-orders are mostly sold out and the 4.7-inch model is likely going to sell out before the devices arrive on shelves next week.
Apple does have some models available online, but availability varies depending on the carrier and the store you select for in-store pickup.
If you failed to pre-order the iPhone Xs model you wanted you’re now faced with shipping delays and the devices in-store release date on September 21st.
Those who do head down to an Apple Store, carrier store, or retailer like Best Buy on September 21st will face unpredictable stock. Lining up to buy a new phone is a gamble and some people could walk out of the store empty-handed.
If you don’t want to waste your time waiting in line, but still want a new iPhone Xs ASAP, you’ll want to track stock as we move away from the pre-order date.
In this guide we’ll show you how to find an iPhone Xs in stock at an Apple Store. Checking for an iPhone Xs in stock takes seconds and it could help you find the model exactly what you’re looking for.
How to Find an iPhone Xs In Stock
You can try calling and asking your local Apple Store or retailer about stock, but it’s extremely easy to check availability from your computer.
To do this you need to select the iPhone Xs model you want to purchase and enter your local zip code. Apple will then show you what’s available for in-store pickup.
Many models will show up as unavailable, but stock will start to trickle back once the initial shipping delays start to subside.
You can also use third-party sites like like iStockNow.com to track iPhone Xs stock at Apple Store locations. Here’s how to use the site:
- Click on iPhone.
- Select iPhone Xs.
- Find your region.
- Click a store on the map to bring up a detailed chart for your local store.
This chart shows you exactly how much iPhone Xs stock the store you selected currently has.
If you’d prefer to buy your phone through a carrier or retailer, these tools won’t help you. If you want to buy from your carrier or a local retailer like Best Buy, you’ll want to check their websites for stock changes, call your local store and ask about stock, or head into a physical location to speak with someone.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for through Apple, your carrier, or your favorite retailer you can check for availability at resale sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Resellers on eBay and Craigslist typically charge more than the suggested retail price so be prepared to pay a premium if you want your phone in September.
Install iOS 12.5.1 for Better Security
If you're on the fence, here's one of the best reasons to install iOS 12.5.1.
If you skipped an older version of iOS, you might get important security patches with your upgrade. iOS 12.5.1 doesn't have any new patches on board.
If you skipped iOS 12.5, you'll get an important patch with your iOS 12.5.1 upgrade. Apple's outlined the update's patch in detail on its security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.9, you'll get its four security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.7, you get the update's three security patches (two for the Mail app and one for Wi-Fi) with your upgrade to iOS 12.5.1.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.6 and iOS 12.4.5, you get their security updates (unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed the iOS 12.4.4 update, you'll want to download iOS 12.5.1 in the near future because it brings iOS 12.4.4's security patch to your device. You can read about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.3, you get its security patches (also unpublished) with your upgrade.
If you missed iOS 12.4.2, you get an additional patch with your upgrade. You can read about the security contents of iOS 12.4.2 here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1, you'll get its security patch with your iOS 12.5.1 update. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4, you get its patches with your iOS 12.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iOS 12.3, your iOS 12.5.1 update carries iOS 12.3's security patches on board. The iOS 12.3 update brought 23 patches and you can read about all of them right here on Apple's site.
If you skipped iOS 12.2, you'll get its security patches with your version of iOS 12.5.1.
iOS 12.2 brought a whopping 41 security patches to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can read more about the iOS 12.2's patches over on the company's website.
It's important to note that Apple's iOS 12.2 update patched up an exploit that allowed websites to use motion sensors to "fingerprint" devices.
Fortunately, Apple's patched up the issue. If you skipped it, you'll probably want to move to iOS 12.5.1 soon.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.4, you get four important security patches including fixes for a widespread FaceTime eavesdropping bug that lets you call someone via FaceTime and hear the audio coming from their phone before they pick up the phone.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.3, you get some additional patches with your version of iOS 12.5.1. Again, they're baked into your upgrade.
Apple lists a grand total of 23 patches on board iOS 12.1.3 and you can read about all of them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 12.1.1, you'll want to install the iOS 12.5.1 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today.
The iOS 12.1.1 update brought 17 patches for potential security exploits. They'll will help protect your phone. You can read about them here.
If you skipped iOS 12.1, you'll get the 24 patches from that update with your version of iOS 12.5.1. If you skipped iOS 12.0.1, your iOS 12.5.1 update brings two additional patches. Both patches are for potential lock screen exploits.
If you skipped iOS 12.0, and you're still running iOS 11.4.1 or below, your iOS 12.5.1 update comes with an even longer list of security updates.
The iOS 12.0 update delivered 16 patches for security issues. You can read about all of them over on Apple's security page.
In addition to those patches, iOS 12 delivers new security features aimed at protecting you and the data you store on your device. These include:
Long story long, if you store sensitive data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have some really good reasons to upgrade to iOS 12.5.1 today.
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