iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max pre-orders start on Friday, but the exact timing will depend on where you live.
Apple’s confirmed three new iPhones and the two flagships, 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max, arrive on shelves next Friday, September 21st.
If you want an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max on September 21st you’ll either need to head down to your local store or put in a pre-order when they go live on Friday.
The iPhone Xs will likely be in high demand which means we could see shipping times get pushed into late September or early October at Apple, at carriers, and at retailers around the United States.
We expect Apple Stores to have stock for walk-ins on September 21st, but pre-ordering is the best way to ensure you get your shiny new iPhone on September 21st. There’s no telling how much stock each store will have and we could see some models fly off shelves in minutes.
If you want your iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max ASAP, you’ll want to pre-order online when they go live later this week.
When Do iPhone Xs Pre-Orders Start?
Those of you looking to pre-order the iPhone Xs might need to wake up early or stay up late depending on where you’ll be when pre-orders go live. Apple’s iPhone Xs pre-orders start at 12:01AM Pacific.
If you live on the west coast, you’ll probably want to stay awake until Midnight and then go to bed once you’ve secured the model you want. Those of you living on the east coast might need to set an alarm in the middle of the night and then catch a few more hours of sleep before getting up for work or class.
This is how the iPhone Xs pre-order time breaks down for buyers inside the United States:
- Pacific – 12:01 AM
- Eastern – 3:01 AM
- Central – 2:01 AM
- Mountain – 1:01 AM
If you live outside of the United States, your iPhone Xs pre-order time will be a lot different. Here’s what the iPhone Xs pre-order time looks like for major cities around the world:
- London – 8:01 AM
- Moscow – 10:01 AM
- New Delhi – 12:31 PM
- Shanghai –3:01 PM
- Tokyo –4:01 PM
- Melbourne –6:01 PM
- Auckland – 8:01 PM
Apple is just one of the places where iPhone Xs pre-orders will go live at Midnight.
You can expect AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon to start taking pre-orders alongside Apple in the United States. We also expect select retailers like Best Buy to start taking iPhone Xs pre-orders on Friday.
iPhone Xs Release Date
If you can’t or don’t put in a pre-order, you can head down to your local Apple Store, carrier store, or favorite retailer on September 21st.
We expect most stores to open up at 8AM local time. Apple is encouraging potential buyers to arrive at stores before doors open.
While September 21st is the release date in more than 50 countries and territories, some countries won’t get the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max for a few more weeks.
The initial batch of countries includes Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands..
Apple’s also confirmed a second release date for September 28th. The following countries are confirmed for that date:
Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa.
If your country isn’t on these lists you’ll likely have to wait a few more weeks for your chance to buy an iPhone Xs or an iPhone Xs Max.