I want an iPhone 4S really badly, what is the fastest way to get my hands on one? I am in the US. Option 1: Pre-order online, and wait for it to arrive in the mail. What time on October 7 do preorders open? Is it first-come-first serve, so I should make sure to order in the first 5 minutes, or is it more like a lottery? Option 2: Show up at an Apple Retail Store, and hope they have it in stock. The Apple website says "delivery" begins on October 14, does that mean they show up in retail stores at opening time on October 14 too? Option 3: Show up at a different brick-and-mortar store, like an AT&T outlet, or a Best Buy. Which store would be most likely to have it in stock? Which store will get it soonest? Option 4: Something I haven't thought of. Is there a website that generally ships them faster than Apple? I have never attempted to buy an Apple product on release day before, so I don't know what strategies work. But I am hoping someone out there has words of wisdom. Thanks.