Some iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max models have had their shipping times pushed back. If you don’t want to wait until late November or December, you can try heading down to your local store (if it’s open) on their release date later this week.
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are currently up for pre-order at Apple, carriers, and a number of retailers. Demand has been strong and some models are currently showing shipping dates in late November and December. Shipping delays could get worse before they get better.
If you don’t want to wait awhile for your new iPhone to arrive, you’ve got a few options at your disposal.
You can continually check for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max stock at Apple and its retail partners. While that’s certainly an option, we don’t expect stock to recover for a few weeks.
You can buy the iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max through a reseller like eBay and Craigslist though people are looking to take advantage of these stock issues.
Or, you could try your luck at an Apple Store, a retailer like Best Buy, or your local carrier store on the iPhone 12 mini/iPhone 12 Pro Max release date on November 13th.
iPhone release dates are often tricky for prospective buyers and those who have managed to secure a pre-order.
With that in mind, we want to help you avoid problems. Our guide to the release date will help you track your pre-order, tie up loose ends, and/or prepare for a trip to a store later on this week.
Track Your Pre-Order
If you pre-ordered an iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max for release day delivery, make sure you keep a close eye on your order as we approach November 13th.
Once your device ships, you’ll be able to track the device to your doorstep. If your new iPhone is scheduled to arrive on November 13th, you should get a tracking number in the near future.
We recommend logging into your account once or twice a day to check on your order to ensure it’s moving in the right direction. This way you can handle problems if they do happen to popup.
If you need to get in contact with support about your order, be prepared to sit on hold. Customer service is likely going to be slammed for the foreseeable future.
Check Your Delivery & Prepare
If you’ll be out of the house on November 13th, or on the day your order is supposed to arrive, you’ll need to plan accordingly.
Some deliveries might require a signature. If you’re not going to be home, you might nee to sign for it digitally or you’ll have to wait for the delivery driver to return the next day.
If you ordered your iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max via Apple, head on over to its website for additional information about your delivery options.
You might not have to sign for the delivery, but you’ll still want to have a plan because you don’t want an expensive gadget like the iPhone 12 mini/iPhone 12 Pro Max sitting on your doorstep all day.
If you need to, plan your day around the delivery and use apps like the UPS app to track it.
Keep an Eye on Your Credit Card & Email
Make sure you keep an eye on your credit card and email.
Apple has already started charging for pre-orders. Most of you will be fine, but some of you might run into issues with your credit card company.
If there’s an issue with your payment, you should get an email about the issue.
If you need to make a credit card payment, make it soon. And if you’re concerned about a possible hold on your pre-order, get in touch with the company right now or in the near future.
Make a Backup
If you’re getting a new iPhone this week, or if you’re planning to trade-in your old phone, now’s a great time to backup your data.
When you open up your new iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max you’ll start with a blank slate. If you plan to start from scratch, skip this tip. However, if you’re looking to bring all of your contacts, photos, and other files over to your new phone, you’ll want to make a backup.
Backing up the files on your old iPhone could take awhile. Backing up a near-full 64GB iPhone can take 30 minutes or more.
Making a backup before your new device arrives will allow you to quickly make the transition from your old iPhone to your brand new iPhone 12.
If you’re planning to trade in an old iPhone at a store later this week, this will also help you quickly get in and out of the store with your new device.
Most of you should protect your iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max with AppleCare.
AppleCare is Apple’s extended warranty service and it’s a service you’ll definitely want to look into. You don’t need to buy it today though.
Apple is promoting AppleCare to iPhone 12 buyers, but you don’t have to buy AppleCare before your device arrives on your doorstep. Apple now gives users in the U.S. and Canada up to one year to buy AppleCare.
If you aren’t familiar with the service and its benefits, it might be a good idea to hold off until you’ve properly researched the pros and cons.
Look Into iPhone 12 Accessories
If you’ve locked in a pre-order you might want to start shopping around for official and third-party accessories.
If you’re planning to protect your phone with a case or you’re interested in taking advantage of MagSafe accessories, now would be a great time to start your research.
Get Familiar with iOS 14/iOS 14.2
We expect the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max to run iOS 14.2 out of the box so it might be a good idea to get familiar with Apple’s software update right now.
The iOS 14.2 update is the second milestone upgrade for iOS 14 and it has new features and under-the-hood improvements on board. Get familiar with its changes right now. You can do so via our guide.
If you haven’t gotten acquainted with Apple’s iOS 14 operating system yet, we encourage you to do so. Our walkthrough will help you do just that.
Look for Deals & Lock In a Trade-in Price
If you need some extra cash to help cover the cost of your new phone you’ll want to look into the trade-in value of your current device.
Trade-in values will fluctuate throughout the month so make sure you get top dollar for your old smartphone. The sooner you lock in a price the better. Remember, locking in a trade doesn’t mean you need to go through with the sale.
Apple, U.S. carriers, and retailers are also offering iPhone 12 trade-in deals so make sure you weigh your options before you settle on a price.
Avoid Buying on eBay & Craigslist, For Now
As expected, people are trying to cash in on the iPhone 12’s shipping woes.
People are selling the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on resale sites like eBay for exorbitant amounts.
If you really need a new iPhone and you haven’t been able to secure the model you want, you might be tempted by one of these offers. Don’t give in.
A lot of times, iPhone pre-orders ship out sooner than expected. So even if your pre-order says that it will ship in late November, you might actually get the device mid-November.
If you haven’t ordered a device yet, put in an order and be patient. There’s a good chance you’ll get your phone sooner than you think.
Check for iPhone 12 Stock
Now that the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are selling out, you might be thinking about heading into an Apple Store to buy the device.
Stores should have stock available on November 13th, but we don’t know what stock at each store will look like.
If you’re looking for a specific iPhone 12 mini/iPhone 12 Pro Max model, and you want it ASAP, you’ll want to keep an eye on stock at Apple and other retailers.
We’ve put together a handy guide that will take you through the best ways to track stock moving forward.
Lock In What You Want & Decide Later
Apple won’t charge your credit card until your iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max is preparing to ship so it might be a good idea to lock in a device now and decide what to do later.
If you put in an order for the model you want right now, you can take a wait and see approach. If you’re lucky, shipping dates might improve at Apple, your carrier or at your favorite retailer. If this happens, you can cancel your order without penalty.
If you’re unable to find a better option before your device starts to ship, you can just stick it out with your order.
Arrive Early on Release Day
With shipping dates pushed into late November, we could see some lines at retailers on Friday. If you want to avoid crowds and/or waiting in line, you’ll want to order online.
If you prefer buying your device in person, stores should have stock available for walk up customers. If you decide to go down to a store, make sure you arrive early.
We don’t know what kind of stock Apple and its partners will have on November 13th so if you want a specific model, you’ll want to show up early to increase your chances of getting the model you want.
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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