It looks like Apple will be giving folks who pre-order the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus the option to pick up their devices in-store, rather than having to wait for them to be shipped to their houses. The retail iPhone page on Apple’s website invites users to pre-order the new handset, and choose to “have it shipped to you for free, or pick it up in store.”
9to5Mac says it has confirmed the news with several Apple Stores and representatives. Apparently the option to pickup the new iPhone in store will be available during the pre-order checkout process, and Apple will be setting up a second line for Personal Pickup at each of their stores on September 19th, when the handset officially goes on sale.
Apple doesn’t typically give customers the in-store pickup option during major product pre-orders, or even on launch day, but it has in the past. For example, I was able to request Personal Pickup when pre-ordering the iPad Air, and my experience was fairly similar to the one described above. I was in and out of the store within 20 minutes.
We’ll obviously know more about the process when it goes live tonight at 12:01 a.m. If you’ve never pre-ordered an Apple device before, or could use a refresher course on the matter, checkout our Survival Guide. We will let you know as soon as iPhone 6 pre-orders become available tonight, and keep you updated on carrier/model availability.