How to Get the new iPhone Day One

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  1. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

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    Has anyone ever gotten the newest iPhone within the first day? I never have. It's always sold out, but this year I wanna do my preorder. So I have a plan.

    What tips to you have to be the first?
     
  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    Yep, the tip to be the first is to be the first!
     
  3. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I don't know how you can be assured of getting one on the first day without waiting in a line for a ridiculously long time. Many have luck with the pre-orders, but shipping times are quick to slip if you aren't waiting at your computer at the very moment the ordering system opens up. I guess that would be your best bet though.

    Many people I know order online and try to get one from the store. As for me, I'm not going to miss a wink of sleep over this nor stand for hours in a line. They will eventually make more and I will get one when its convenient to do so.
     
  4. nouveau-apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't want this to be a repeat of last year. Last year I didn't get one until months later.

    I never waited in line before, but if I am going to be waiting in line, I want to be the FIRST in line.

    I'm actually going through the steps to try to JUMP now and I realized, I don't even know how to JUMP.

    I know you can do it online, but I also know I will require a trip to the store.

    I need to know which T-Mobile to wait in line at, and when. And also, which one will have the most iPhones, and which one is less conspicuous.
     
  5. dcgore macrumors member

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    That is correct. If ain't first, you're last.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Wake up at 12:01am (PST time), pre-order and you'll get it on day 1.

    I did that with prior iPhones, though I waited a while for the IP6+ since I wanted to see how things shook out.
     
  7. nouveau-apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh yeah, I remember doing something that.

    Wait, so I have to go on apples website to do it? Or maybe you can do that on the app?


    Is there a difference between a preorder and a reservation?

    I'd want an online reservation to pickup in store.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    You can use the app, you can go to carrier site but people had issues getting it on day one when trying to order it via ATT, VZW.

    As for the app, I've never did that, I went to store.apple.com
     
  9. dcgore macrumors member

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    Historically the app only allows to do simple upgrades and asks you to go to the full website to process more complex orders. I prefer the website.
     
  10. nouveau-apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I have to go to T-Mobiles site because I can't do a jump upgrade from apples website.
     
  11. NastyComputers macrumors regular

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    I have gotten all of my iPhone's 4,5,6+ all on the first day. You have to get in line or I've always waited up late nights for preorder to open online and always delivered on release date!
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    That actually didn't work all that well for the iPhone 6 and 6+. Demand was just too high that Apple's servers got inundated. Granted, the site got sorted out eventually and I managed to get my 6+ pre-order just a week or two after release instead of having to wait months.
     
  13. Sketchr, Aug 14, 2015
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    Sketchr macrumors 6502a

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    Now that Verizon has the full priced option, I'm curious to see how that will work for the Apple store. I've had to buy my iPhone6+(s) at the Apple store in order to pay full price/unlocked. Needless to say I wasn't able to score one on day 1 that way. So, I'm wondering how the Verizon options will work this year for online pre-ordering.
     
  14. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    Got the iPhone 5 on pre order day and had it delivered on launch day. I had the Apple Store app on my iPhone i was using at the time ready to go when it was able to be ordered and set up the payment settings so i didnt need to do anything other than click on Pay! May also be helpful to advise your bank or credit card people that you will be making the big purchase so it doesnt fall foul of any fraud checks they have.
     
  15. grifftaur macrumors regular

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    T-Mobile Jump upgrades have to order in store. My brother had to do it that way when he upgraded last year from the 5S to the 6+. Luckily he got his phone a couple weeks later.
     
  16. grifftaur macrumors regular

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    I pre-ordered 4S online on the Apple store site. Stayed up till 3am and the Apple site crashed. Couldn't order it and I was so upset. Wake up at 8:30 and start freaking out. Meant to wakeup earlier to order it. Got on the site real quick that morning and ordered it. 4S came a week later and it was perfect.

    Best advice is stay up till 3:01am EST or 12:01am EST and order it online. Be willing to stay up an extra hour if the site goes down or is slow to respond. Last year was pandemonium because stock was low to begin with the on the + size and Apple had not made bigger devices before. A ton of people had been waiting for larger screen sizes. People still on the 4S probably had been waiting. More upgrades were used which created the havoc. This year could be similar. Most likely you won't have a problem. Usually the S iteration is just tweaks and a few new changes internally so people don't think anything of it. Number iterations are the physical changes which gets everyone excited.
     
  17. Broadus macrumors 6502a

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    Some of us with the 4S have waited another year, but I think you're right about this year being less a problem with initial demand and Apple's server.
     
  18. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I will be waking at whenever it opens and ordering on the Apple Store app..think most will rather than the site
     
  19. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    This is actually the first time I'm considering waiting things out. I'm pretty decided on getting either the Verizon or SIM-free version (full price, no contract) so unless they offer either model for online pre-order without requiring a 2-year contract I'm gonna hold off on the purchase.

    Mind, aside from the nightmare that was last year, staying awake until 1AM (Pacific) on pre-order day has worked quite well for me. I've gotten a 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 and 5s upon release that way. Even the 6, I could have gotten upon release despite Apple's server issues. It was just the 6+ that was in super short supply.
     
  20. colburnr macrumors regular

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    I went to my local Verizon store on launch day last year around 4 PM Chicago time, and they had the 6 and 6+ in stock. Walked in and edged up...
     
  21. grifftaur macrumors regular

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    I already responded in this thread but just remembered my former co-worker pulled up the app store on his iPad, iPhone 5, and Macbook waiting at 3am. I think he managed to get through and order through his iPhone.
     
  22. AppleWes macrumors 6502

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    I always use the iPhone/iPad Apple Store app. I've had pretty good luck setting my alarm for 11:50pm (west coast), refresh the app a few times, order, back in bed by around 12:10.

    I never use the website since it updates after the app, and I don't understand why people have to "stay up all night" at least in the US. Hopefully the app will continue to work this way!
     
  23. nouveau-apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My last 4-5 iPhones were delivered to me on the first day of introduction at my office. Waiting in long line is not on my idea of having fun but I understand some of you love it! Enjoy!

    I do not think it will be that hard to get a 6S as SO MANY upgraded last year to get the 6 and will not be upgrading this time around. Much is up to Apple and we are all hoping they have plenty to supply the stores. I hope their Apple Watch introduction is not their model for the iPhone 7 introduction!!!
     
  25. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I think there may be a lot of people whose legacy 2 year contracts are ending that were still under that contract last year--people who currently have the 5s model. I have a feeling it's gonna be a zoo again this year. Then again, if Apple increases supply that could make a difference as you say.
     

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