iPhone 12 preorders start tomorrow: Prices, release dates and how to buy Apple’s four new phones

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Apple’s doing something different this year. It introduced four new iPhone this week: the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. But you can’t buy them all at the same time, and, strangely, the prices aren’t all the same across carriers: AT&T and Verizon Wireless sell two iPhones for $30 less than everyone else. 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.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone Pro are the first to go on sale, with US preorders starting Friday, Oct. 16 at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET). You’ll get your order by Friday, Oct. 23. 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.

We lay out everything you need to know about buying an iPhone 12, including the full pricing options across carriers, models and configurations. And if you’re switching to a new iPhone 12, make sure you go through our checklist on your current iPhone.

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