Preorders for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro begin at 5:00 AM PT on October 16

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What you need to know

  • Apple is offering preapproval for the iPhone Upgrade Program.
  • The preapproval process is currently available for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
  • Apple has also confirmed preorders will begin at 5:00 AM PT on October 16.

iPhone 12 (6.1), and iPhone 12 Pro (6.1) will be released for pre-order tomorrow, October 16, beginning at 5 AM PT and 8 AM ET.

Apple is offering customers who are interested in purchasing the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-approval for the iPhone Upgrade Program. Preapprovals will be available until 9:00 PM Pacific Time on October 15.

Pre-approvals are available until 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 15 for those who want to purchase an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro through the iPhone Upgrade Program. Apple's pre-approval process is designed to make it simple and quick for iPhone Upgrade Program members to purchase their new iPhones right when pre-orders become available.

Going through the preapproval process allow customers to skip these steps and preorder their iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro faster when preorders go live on October 16. The report also confirms that preorders will go live at 5:00 AM Pacific Time on that Friday, matching last year's iPhone preorder time.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro kick off at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, October 16, with the first orders set to arrive to customers on Friday, October 23. Those who want an iPhone 12 Pro Max or iPhone 12 mini will need to wait, as those devices will be available for pre-order on November 6 with a launch to follow on November 13.

It appears that, if you want an iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you will be unable to get completely through the preapproval process just yet. Apple will most likely open the preapproval process for those devices when it gets closer to their preorder date of November 6. You can, however, sign up for reminders for when each device will be available for preorder.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.