This is a friendly reminder that Apple is opening pre-orders for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, starting at 12:01 a.m. PDT on September 15. Depending where you are in the world, you might choose to stay up, or set an alarm in order not to miss it.

As always, you can expect the availability of the device to be limited, especially as minutes go, so time is of the essence.

The best way to pre-order your iPhone 8

Without a doubt, the best way to pre-order is via the Apple Store application, which has proven to be more reliable than Apple’s website in the past few years. My advice is to make sure you are logged in, and add the device you want to pre-order to your favorites. As a safety net, maybe add a secondary device (with a different storage tier or finish) to your favorites, just in case your top choice is already on back order.

Also make sure you have set up Apple Pay on your device, and that your shipping address is up to date. This will save you an incredible amount of time comes payment time.

What time do pre-orders start in your time zone?

If you aren’t in the United States, this website will show you the right time in your time zone.

What are you pre-ordering?

Personally, I will be pre-ordering a 64GB Silver iPhone 8, which I will hand down to my wife once the iPhone X is available. What about you? What device are you planning on pre-ordering? Any special tip you want to share for a smooth pre-order?

  • Jay

    Meh.. Does anyone else agree that the 8 and 8 Plus is merely an 7S and 7S Plus?

    I think they would have been worth upgrading to had they kept the pricing from last year.. If you have a 7 or 7 Plus now you should probably hold out until next year..

    • Kaptivator

      Have to agree that the 8 and 8+ is the same of the would be 7S and 7S+. I guess that’s Apples way of pushing one to the iPhone X.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Maybe they won’t go off that S model no more. Hopefully they’ll have some info on that. I think Roman numerals is better and attractive compared to 10s 11s vs XI XII

      • Kaptivator

        Yeah…I would say that Apple may have gone away from the S models as we are going from the 7 to 8 then X (or 10). And your reasoning behind dropping the S makes sense if they continue on that way with next years release. I guess we would have to wait for the next years releases to see if the Roman numerals continue and or an explanation from Apple, if any.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Won’t up or down vote but in a way you’re right. Though that A11 is a game changer..

    • TechnoBuff

      Irrespective of how Apple might try to spin it. I agree with you especially when compared to precedence. It is merely a 7S and nothing more.

      • Vince Reedy

        It’s got a beast of a processor so there’s that

      • Jay

        Yea but did the 7 really need a beast processor? And if theys the biggest upgrade other difference wireless charging and camera capabilities. Still pretty much a 7S. Thats a problem because after a whole year and a name change it is not much of a new phone. Even the X has borrowed tech thats been out for years.

    • besrate hogsa

      Absolutely

    • Fanboy 

      Waiting for X 🙂

      • Jay

        No, I find the X to be an overpriced 8 plus. Its also limited by the exclusion of TouchID, Media is cropped around the corners and notch, and it turns out that even with the 5.8 inch screen its just a taller 4.7. Without the home button it adds new gestures and removes one handed use. Nothing about it justifies its higher price. People will buy it for its “bigger” amoled display and just deal with its shortcomings.

      • Fanboy 

        Not “limited” by exclusion of TouchID, it’s replaced by FaceID which is more secure, and by the hands-on-demos seems much faster and seamless. Media is not cropped by the notch, it plays in regular format but you can “expand to full screen” where the notch would crop out part of the video. But this is no different than expanding a movie video right now to full screen where the edges of the movie get cropped out. Not having a home button doesn’t “add gestures”, it replaces a current one (having to reach for the home button and pressing it IS a gesture, now you simply swipe up). Just thought I’d point out that your point were invalid, BUT if you don’t see the value in it then there’s nothing wrong with not getting it.

      • Jay

        How is it it faster when you have to look at it before you swipe to unlock. With TouchID the phone is unlocked before you even look at it. Explain how looking at it then swiping up is faster than a button touch or press. Then theres the instance when you may want to unlock your phone when you face may not be visible to the camera or even when the glass is broken and the camera cannot see you through the cracks.. TouchID has its issues too but is far more convenient IMO.

        Added gesters:
        swiping up from the bottom goes home vs a home button press.
        Swiping up and pausing brings in multitasking vs double pressing.

        Swipe down from the top right is brings in The CC. The middle and the left bring in notifications and spotlight search.

        Reachability along with one handed use is gone.

  • TechnoBuff

    Sure i am not the only one. Is anyone conflicted about ordering this 8plus or waiting for the X? A hands on review of the X will be so helpful now or an actual store demo.

    • nonchalont

      I figured I would chirp over the extra $300+ dollars for the X. I’m rocking the 5s, so I’m about do to treat myself. I’m sure I’ll keep the X for 3-4+ years before upgrading. Therefore if the X is $1k and I keep it for 4 years, that’ll equal roughly around $21+ a month for that phone.

      • TechnoBuff

        In your case, it works lol. like that rationale moneywise
        I usually pay for my phone outright, so i am conflicted. my concern is if the X is worth the wait. the convenience of Touch-ID cannot be compared to Face ID, Having to raise my phone to my face every time i want to unlock will factor highly into my purchase thus why i need some good reviews or a demo.

      • triggerhappypunk

        Just curious, if you are not going to look at your phone, for what reason are you unlocking it?

        Face ID at an Angle

        “You don’t need to hold the iPhone X right in front of your face for it to make a Face ID scan. On stage at the keynote event, it was shown held at a comfortable viewing angle and held flat downwards while making an Apple Pay payment at payment terminal.”

        To me, it seems that Face ID is less work then Touch ID.

      • TechnoBuff

        I agree to a point but not completely. There are cases where i have had to check my phone peripherally in a meeting when flat on the table or while driving and have to unlock without having to raise to my face to check. I am not knocking FACEID but from the demo, you have to ensure the camera notch is facing you then it is less convenient than TouchID, Security and convenience on a daily device has to go hand in hand for me anyway.

      • triggerhappypunk

        I hear what you are saying, however I’m looking forward to these new features that Apple mentions:

        “For additional security, Face ID is attention aware, meaning it unlocks your iPhone X only when you look toward the device with your eyes open. That means Face ID can also reveal notifications and messages, keep the screen lit when you’re reading, or lower the volume of an alarm or ringer.”

  • Jamessmooth

    Hard pass. X marks the spot.

    • Vince Reedy

      The X seems like a beta test to me

      • Jay

        It is..

  • besrate hogsa

    The iPhone 8 didn’t do it for me
    I will be pre-ordering the iPhone X , when it is available
    I have always used the apple store App to order new idevices

  • Sailor_V90

    I’m trading my iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) for an iPhone 8 (4.7in) with 256GB. I personally don’t like the Plus, it’s not comfortable to use with one hand nor am I really big on taking pictures. So all I really need is storage for my music. After this I’m done upgrading for a long while.

  • Eric

    The new iPhone 8 is glass on the front and back… kind of like my old iphone 4…. More opportunities for the glass to shatter! uggh… but its “new”, right? (sarcastic tone)

    Then the “new” “exciting” X (pronounced X, not “ten”… or is that the other way round?) anyways is it just me, or do any of you feel that Apple’s “new” X is just a year old SAMSUNG???….

    Seriously, regarding the X – what is “new”? Yes, the A11 processor is pretty exciting, but that is about the only thing I would conceed is “new & exciting”.

    Oh, I almost forgot they do have that new animated emoji character animator – that’s “new” right???….

    Sorry, nope, Adobe has had [Ch] out for about a year now in their Creative Cloud Suite of products…. And besides, seriously, how many times would you seriously use that? Maybe one time to your Boss to tell your boss that he is a “horses arce”?….

  • Bryce Erickson

    I’ll be doing the 8+ Same hardware.
    The notch on the X soured me on the entire phone. Seeing it function in Landscape with that ugly notch is unbearable. Can’t fathom why they didn’t just leave the top strip black all the way across.
    Going to always look like an intrusion when doing anything in Landscape/media playback.

    • Vince Reedy

      Agreed. I want to get my hands on it before I make a decision but right now I can’t see shelling out $200 for FaceID, a big black notch and talking pieces of poo.