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Apr 12, 2001

Following the announcement of the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple is allowing customers to get ready for pre-orders, which are set to take place on Friday, September 17 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time.


Existing and new iPhone Upgrade Program members can use the Apple Store app on the iPhone or Apple's website to go through all of the pre-approval steps to get ready to purchase a new iPhone, including checking upgrade eligibility, securing credit lines, and confirming other necessary information.

Those who are not members of the iPhone Upgrade Program can also select their preferred iPhone, confirm their status with their carrier, add accessories, choose an AppleCare+ plan, and add a preferred payment method to prepare for the iPhone launch. Both payment in full and other payment options are supported.

With this setup process, all customers who go through the "Get Ready" steps will be able to pre-order their devices with the tap of a button on launch day.

Apple has always had the pre-approval process for iPhone Upgrade Program customers, but the new streamlined pre-order preparation for other customers appears to be a new addition.

The iPhone 13 models are priced starting at $699, while the iPhone 13 Pro models are priced starting at $999. Pre-orders begin on Friday, September 17 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Article Link: Apple Letting Customers 'Get Ready' for iPhone 13 Launch With Pre-Order Setup


macrumors 65816
Jun 26, 2007
anyone else get this message when setting up the pre-pre order? - "you can upgrade to the tastes iPhone by paying off the remaining balance of your first 12 monthly payments..." my payments are on the 22nd of each month - so my 12th payment will be made next week - but we have to pre order this week... how is apple going to handle this?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 4, 2003
I'm pretty sure Apple could let people pre-order (heck, order) right now if they wanted to. Yes, there's logistics behind this, but I'm sure there's a bit of marketing psychology behind this, too. I'd love to see the study on heightened anticipation which indicates an increase in sales.

Meanwhile, I'm still happy as a clam on my iPhone 6S.


macrumors newbie
Sep 14, 2021
I am getting an error when trying to verify my t mobile account :(
Is it this error? I’m chatting trying to fix it with T-Mobile now. Don’t think I’ll be successful though


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macrumors member
Mar 23, 2011
Is it this error? I’m chatting trying to fix it with T-Mobile now. Don’t think I’ll be successful though
yep, that is the error I am seeing. Not sure what t-mobile is going to be able to do tho.
Let me know if you figure anything out haha. I am going to try again tomorrow. If it still doesn't work. I will get buy one with the connect to carrier later option.

edit: I lied, that is a different then mine. Mine just say cannot locate your account. Please double check the phone number
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macrumors demi-god
Sep 12, 2014
Got my pre approval was quick and easy even with the 12 payment Oct 8 its all set up and approved
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macrumors demi-god
Sep 12, 2014
extra message wont let me delete…please ignore….was having problems

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