Apple Confirms Midnight Start To iPhone 5 Pre-Orders

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The day before Apple announced the iPhone 5 we took a moment to look at the rumors surrounding the phone’s pre-orders. Apple hasn’t been entirely consistent with how pre-orders open, relative to when the announcement of a new device is made, and we talked about a few of the possibilities. Yesterday, with the iPhone 5 finally becoming official, Apple announced that pre-orders for the handset would indeed begin this Friday. How, exactly, will that opportunity arrive?

Apple has now confirmed that you’ll be able to get your pre-order in right after midnight, Pacific time. That’s 12:01 AM, to be precise, or just a little after 3 for those of us on the east coast. At least Sprint and Verizon will also start directly accepting iPhone 5 pre-orders right around the same time, but AT&T has yet to say exactly when it will follow suit.

The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone 5 will sell for just about $200, $300, and $400 on-contract, respectively. Shipments will go out on September 21, the same day that brick-and-mortar retail sales of the phone begin.

Source: Apple
Via: Wired

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!