Best answer: The best way to make sure you get an iPhone XS or XS Max at launch is to pre-order it right at 12:01 AM PT time directly from Apple's online store.

Apple: iPhone XS and XS Max ($999+)

Preordering from Apple directly is the fastest, most reliable way to get your iPhone XS

I recommend using the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPad as the fastest way to preorder your new iPhone. The reason I suggest going through Apple is that the company has more stock than a carrier like AT&T or Verizon, as well as electronics sellers like Best Buy and Walmart. The reason I suggest using the app is that it seems to be able to better handle the influx of orders that hit the servers the second it goes live.

I also recommend having both the Apple Store app and Apple.com up and ready so that, if one fails, you've got the other right in front of you.

Preordering an iPhone can be a complex process, especially if you're trying to make sure you get one on day-one. We've preordered a lot of iPhones and have a few tips to help you prepare for the process.

What about carrier options?

You can preorder from major carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile. At this time, there isn't any special discounts available with your preorder, but if you feel more comfortable with one of the carriers, here's where you can buy an iPhone XS or XS Max.

How much is it?

You can preorder the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max in three different storage sizes.

  • iPhone XS 64GB - $999.00
  • iPhone XS 256GB - $1,149.00
  • iPhone XS 512GB - $1,349.00
  • iPhone XS Max 64GB - $1,099.00
  • iPhone XS Max 256GB - $1,249.00
  • iPhone XS Max 512GB - $1,449.00

Most reliable

Apple.com

The best experience with the most reliable service.

If you want to be sure to get your iPhone in your hands the day it launches, you should preorder it right at 8:01 AM local time directly from Apple.

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