I am on a chat with a Apple rep, and she is telling me that there is not an option to pick up the phone in store on a preorder this year? I hope this isn't true, because I am going to pay with a gift card, and online ordering might prevent that... Me: i plan to preorder tomorrow also, so will i need to put a credit card down or will i be able to pay with just my gift card? Coreen: I'm not sure how this will work. Coreen: In the past, you do not get charged until your item ships. Me: if i preordered and picked up in store, i would complete the payment there correct? and then i could just use the card there...? Coreen: At this time there is not an option to preorder for pick up at the store.