The iPhone 6 pre-order starts tomorrow. In this article, I provide tips and info to help you score the new iPhone on launch day. I also give you some suggestions on which iPhone 6 to buy.
iPhone 6 Pre-order Dates and Times
You will be able to pre-order the iPhone 6 starting tomorrow, September 12, 2014. You can pre-order the phone at the following websites: Apple, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Pre-order times are as follows:
- 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time
- 2:00 a.m. Central Time
- 1:00 a.m. Mountain Time
- 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time
As you can see, the pre-order times are all at the same time. Thus, no one will be able to place an order before anyone else.
Please note that these websites may crash or work very slowly due to some many people accessing the sites at once. Save time by pre-registering on the sites and log into the sites before the pre-order starts.
iPhone 6 Release Date
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date is September 19th, 2014. There were initial reports that the iPhone 6 Plus would be released months after the regular iPhone 6. Thankfully this isn’t the case.
Special store hours: Apple Store, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T
The Apple Store will open at 8:00 a.m. on launch day. Store hours for the carriers are pending. I will update this section as soon as this information is available.
If you plan to make an in-store purchase on launch day, expect long lines and wait times. It’s likely that people will camp outside of stores ahead of time. Even if you pre-order online and opt for in-store pickup, you still will have to wait inline to get your phone activated. Save yourself the trouble and have the phone shipped to your home.
Bring two forms of ID to activate your phone at the Apple Store
Apple requires that you provide two forms of ID when purchasing/activating your new iPhone. If the address on your driver’s license/state ID matches the address on file with your carrier, and the name on your credit card matches your ID, you are good to go. Otherwise, check out this Apple page for more options.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus
For me the decision is simple. I’m going for the iPhone 6 Plus of course. It has the bigger screen (5.5″ vs 4.7″), which may allow your iPhone 6 Plus to replace your iPad Mini. It has a better screen resolution (1920 x 1080 vs 1334 x 750). The iPhone 6 Plus camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) while the iPhone 6 does not.
The best reason to choose the iPhone 6 Plus versus the iPhone 6 is that it has a bigger battery and more battery life. The iPhone 6 Plus gets up to 24 hours of talk time on 3g compared to 14 hours for the iPhone 6. For me, the decision is a no-0brainer.
iPhone 6 16GB vs 64GB vs 128GB
If you don’t plan to add a lot of music or video to your phone, the 16GB iPhone 6 might work out fine for you. However, if you are the type that takes a lot of photos or videos, you should definitely go for the 64GB iPhone 6.
Which model do I plan to get? I’m going for the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus. This way I can store my entire music collection, my workout videos, and some movies on the phone. Plus I will still have plenty of room for photos and videos. The 128GB iPhone 6 Plus should get the best resale value as well.
Are you buying the iPhone 6? Let us know!
Are you buying the iPhone 6? Are you pre-ordering it? Are you going to wait in line to buy it? Do you have any tips for scoring an iPhone on launch day? We’d love to hear about your buying experience. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. These phones are sure to sell out quickly so good luck with trying to get one at launch!