line at apple store over night

The Apple Store is down and the stage is set for the release of the new iPhone 6s. We’re hoping for a much-improved online ordering experience since Apple revamped its online store, but you can never be sure when it comes to Apple pre-orders.

The last big pre-order event was for the Apple Watch, and that was an absolute nightmare. Granted, Apple didn’t have nearly as much Apple Watch inventory as it will have iPhone inventory, so things should be quite a bit better this go around.

Still, though, there are steps that you can take to make your morning a whole lot easier. Although there should be plenty of supply, you need not take any risks or create any unnecessary delays. You want to approach this ordering process in a strategic and tactical manner.

This is your mission. To succeed at this mission, you’ll want to take the following five steps seriously…

Set multiple alarms

If you’re on the west coast, first of all, congratulations, you spoiled brat. You should be able to stay up until 12:01 AM and order your new iPhone and enjoy a normal sleep schedule. If you’re an east coaster like I am, I’m sorry. Things get a little more difficult for us. To help out, set a few alarms on multiple devices. I find that 2:50AM works pretty good for me, but go earlier if you think you need the extra time.

Bad Blood

Not the song I want to hear at 2:50 AM

Although I like the song, I find Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood incredibly irritating to hear early in the morning, so I set that as an alarm. Set whatever song you despise hearing, which will motivate you to get up even if you’re extremely tired.

iPhone pre-order alarm

What? You thought I was joking?

If you have an iPad, set that alarm too. Place it in strategic area of your bedroom so that you’re forced to get up and hunt it down.

Use the Apple Store App

If you haven’t already installed the Apple Store App on your iPhone, do so right now. The Apple Store app is often the easiest way to order an iPhone during pre-order periods. Historically speaking, Apple’s website hasn’t performed very well for pre-orders, but maybe things will be difference since Apple redesigned its store. Whatever the case, don’t take needless risks. Put the Apple Store app on your first Home screen page and get ready

Apple Store App

Add your credit card to Apple Pay beforehand

One of the benefits of using the Apple Store App is that you can quickly checkout with Touch ID. If you’re using a special credit card for this particular payment, be sure to add it now to Apple Pay so that you don’t have to fool with it during go time. Apple Pay is by far the fastest way to check out on the Apple Store, especially when you’re dead tired and semi-delirious.

Apple Pay Apple Store App

Toggle Wi-Fi

In the past, I’ve run into situations where using my cellular connection instead of my local Wi-Fi connection allowed me to get my order through successfully. I’m not sure if this was due to a DNS issue, if it was a coincidence, or what. But it’s worth a shot if you’re finding that the order process keeps timing out.

Toggle Wi-Fi

Have your computer ready

Although the Apple Store app should work, it’s always good to have a backup plan or two. Have your laptop ready and charged, and place it beside you bed so that you can use it in case of an emergency.

Those are all of the tips I have, but I know that some of you have tips you can add to the list. I’ll meet you down below in the comments to check out your suggestions. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two as well.

  • Merman123

    Hey Jeff you are ruining the secrets. Sshhh!!

  • 1d3rboy

    Anyone know how to add a cc with the store being down?

    • Merman123

      On your iPhone
      Settings > iTunes and App Store > tap your Apple ID > view Apple ID > payment information.

      • 1d3rboy

        Thank you!

  • Drew Chapman

    Can you preorder for the apple upgrade program on the app ?

    • Ralph Castro

      Nop, only Retail Stores

      • Drew Chapman

        Can you make an in store reservation with the app though ?

      • 1d3rboy

        I have read a couple reports that yes, you can. But, I don’t think anyone will know till it goes live.

  • Manuel Molina

    Damn, what society has become for a damn phone. These rules in order to get a phone that does almost the same shit as the last years model. I can’t wait!

    I’m getting the Gold one. What about ya, ha.

  • Vote4Pedro

    The question I have is, if i buy a Tmobile phone at full price will it come unlock or do i have to go through the carrier crap.

    • Rowan09

      Yes it will be unlocked.

      • Vote4Pedro

        Gracias

    • p1noyako

      Buying T-Mobile at full price will always be unlocked.

      • Vote4Pedro

        Just talked to a apple chat rep, he said all phone even if you buy full price are locked to carrier. SUPER CONFUSE!

      • iPleiades

        don’t listen to him. its unlocked trust me. i was in the same situation as you last year

      • Vote4Pedro

        thanks hope so

      • Blip dude

        Uh. . . No!! I’ve purchased iPhones at Full Price before and they came Unlocked.

  • Greg Garnett

    Where can I get that wallpaper?!

    • It’s stock iOS wallpaper. Should be there on your iPhone.

  • p1noyako

    Westcoast fellas, have a good night. lol

  • Jerry

    T-MOBILE BABY! Apparently the 6s taps into a lot more coverage hopefully is true. MY BODY IS READY!

  • Jerry

    Jeff, these steps won’t work for T-Mobile right?

    • Yep… if you want to order for full price.

    • Jerry

      Oh ok I’m gonna finance it sell my iPhone 6 plus and just fully pay off it off.

  • Itzkhaoz

    Meh..

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    I am always lucky!

    • Vote4Pedro

      got the same

      • N&LH

        same here 🙁

  • Latinpride011

    So is it pointless to stay up if I can’t do the Apple upgrade thru the Apple Store app?

  • Andres

    sorry but ill be too excited to even sleep

  • James G

    My wallet is ready.

    • Andres

      apples website is not

      • James G

        SOON.

        O_O

  • Jayy

    Anyone know if shipping is free?

  • Jayy

    lol wow this some Bs, it’s required to have ios 8 to download the “Apple store” I’m using a iPhone that isn’t able to use anything past ios 7 🙁

  • Jerry

    T-Mobile users 3:01 is when is ready

  • Jerry

    7 minutes left!

    • Vote4Pedro

      Coffe In hand

  • Austin

    att mobile website lets you in
    i ordered mine at 11:39

  • HamptonWalley

    anybody succeeded?

    • Manuel

      Not yet, still showing it’s down

      • Vote4Pedro

        DOWN LOL

      • Manuel

        ATT website are ready

    • Austin

      Yes att website mobile

  • Rob_Huska

    So I went to at&it’s website about 2;55 eastern and they let me preorder early… But ship date isn’t until October 23!

    • Austin

      that is for all 6s Plus

  • Jerry

    Tmobile started at 2:56 and they were already backordered they said 3:01 on their site but I have my plus ordered finally. is on backorder tho and i ordered it on 3:01 I believe this might top any iphone sale ever. but i could be wrong

    • Rob_Huska

      AT&T did the same. Mine was ordered by 2:59 EST and all 6s Plus models were backordered until October.

      • Jerry

        I think this is a marketing scam theirs no possible way it got sold out that fast. No way it sold that fast I did it before the advertised time.Apple iPhone 6s Plus – Rose Gold – 128GBVery limited quantity. No estimate available.

      • Jerry

        6s says sept 25th on tmobile. 6splus have no date.

  • Jake Platt

    2 hours later nearly every model is still available to be delivered on the 25th..

  • Stefano

    LOL good post. But I gotta say not getting this phone although the camera and 3D touch is cool. I just can’t see the expense anymore.

  • Jake Platt

    So true. Even my watch I ordered about 60 seconds into pre orders going live and I was stuck with a 2 week delivery delay. This is without question the most underwhelming iPhone release yet.

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