Delivery dates for some of Apple’s iPhone 12 models have been pushed into January. If you’ve had trouble securing the precise model you want, you’ll want to keep an eye out for new stock, alternative places to order, and potential in-store stock as we push through the month.
Shipping dates have slipped for many iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models. Shipping times for select storage sizes, colors, and carriers are weeks out and they could continue to get worse as time goes on.
If you’re able to find the model you want, and you want your new phone ASAP, you should probably place an order right now.
While some iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max models might not ship until early January or later, you might be able to find them for in-store pickup at Apple or another retailer.
Retailers might have stock on hand right now, but there’s no telling how much inventory each store has. Heading into a store is a gamble.
If you’re having trouble finding your top choice in stock you’ll want to track iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max stock at Apple, carriers, and retailers to see if you can find a fast delivery window or in-store pickup. If you’re persistent, there’s a good chance you’ll get what you want.
In this guide, we will help you find an iPhone 12 in stock at Apple, your carrier, or your favorite retailer. You can try calling a store to inquire about inventory on hand or you can hunt around online.
How to Find the iPhone 12 in Stock
There are a few ways to quickly check for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max stock from your computer or your phone.
Simply choose the iPhone 12 model you want and enter your local zip code. The site/app will show you what’s available for in-store pickup.
As of right now, some models are unavailable for in-store pickup. That said, we expect to see new stock emerge in the near future so keep your eyes peeled.
If you are unable to secure the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max you want at Apple, and you don’t want to wait weeks for delivery, you can check your carrier.
- Check iPhone 12 Stock at Verizon
- Check iPhone 12 Stock at U.S. Cellular
- Check iPhone 12 Stock at AT&T
- Check iPhone 12 Stock at T-Mobile
- Check iPhone Stock at Sprint
You should be able to see the iPhone 12 delivery date estimates before you check out at every carrier. If the estimated ship date is too far out, you can try buying your phone from a retailer.
Retailers like Best Buy and Walmart might show you a much faster delivery date even though Apple’s delivery estimates are far out.
In short, there are a lot of ways to find an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max in stock even if Apple’s website shows that they’re currently out.
Install iOS 14.8.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing iOS 14.8.1 right away.
The iOS 14.8.1 update brings 12 new security patches to the iPhone. You can read about all of them over on Apple's site.
If you want to better protect your iPhone and its data, you'll want to install the iOS 14.8.1 update in the near future.
If you missed iOS 14.8, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 14.7.1, you'll get its patch with your upgrade. If you want to learn more about iOS 14.7.1's security update, check out its support page.
If you missed iOS 14.7, you'll get its 31 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those on Apple's website.
If you skipped iOS 14.6, you'll get the update's 38 security patches with your iOS 14.8.1 update. If you're curious about the particulars, you can read about them right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.5.1, you get the update's two security patches on board. You can read about them over on Apple's website. Both are related to WebKit.
If you missed iOS 14.5 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. You can read more about those changes over on Apple's website.
iOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iOS 14.4.2, you get its security patch with iOS 14.8.1. You can learn more about that patch over on Apple's website as well.
If you missed iOS 14.4.1, you get its patch with your upgrade to iOS 14.8.1. You can read about that patch right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.4, you get the update's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iOS 14.3 you'll get its nine security updates with your upgrade. You can read more about them on its security site.
iOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iOS 14.2, your iOS 14.8.1 update includes 24 additional security patches. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iOS 13, iOS 14.8.1 includes iOS 14.0's security updates.
iOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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