iPhone 12 preorders: Apple’s new phones are on sale now, and here’s how to buy them

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The iPhone 12 line is now available for preorder. Well, at least half of them are. With a total of four new iPhones coming in 2020 — the most ever — the preorder process and release date schedule is staggered. The iPhone 12 and iPhone Pro are the first to go on sale: US preorders started today, Friday, Oct. 16 at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET). As of 8:15 a.m. PT Friday, the iPhone 12 Pro orders are slipping out to late October, or the first week of November with free shipping, or a few days earlier if you pay for faster shipping.

The iPhone 12 is still marked for delivery on launch day, Friday, Oct. 23, which is also when those first two models hit stores. But if you want the iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll have to wait until Nov. 6 to place an order, and Nov. 13 for them to actually ship.

The other big change for 2020 is pricing: All four carriers are selling two iPhones for $30 less than if you buy a SIM-free model from Apple. With so many models (here’s how to tell them all apart) and staggered sale dates, this is certainly Apple’s most confusing iPhone launch yet.

Each new iPhone has 5G connectivity, a first for Apple, an OLED display and camera improvements, especially the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.

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