APPLE’S new iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max are out on Friday, November 13 – but how can you actually buy one?
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about buying a new iPhone in the UK, including retail store rules, online offers and more.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max seen on the far left, and the iPhone 12 Mini on the far rightCredit: Apple
Buying an iPhone in-person
You’ll need to check the official Apple website to find out if your specific store is open.
In England, Apple is offering a click-and-collect system that operates out of storefronts.
Your collections will be completed at the store entrance.
And no customers or couriers will be allowed in the store until further notice.
Tim Cook showed off the new iPhones last monthCredit: Apple
The rules are different in other parts of the UK, however.
In Wales and Scotland, Apple is running an “appointment only” system for online order collection.
That’s also true for Genius Support and shopping with a Specialist in a one-to-one session.
For anyone in Northern Ireland, Apple is offering Express Storefront pick-ups for online orders.
And you can still get Genius Support with an appointment – but walk-in customers will be turned away.
Buying an iPhone online
Arguably the safest way to buy an iPhone this year is online.
If you buy an iPhone at the official Apple website, you can opt for contactless home delivery.
There are Apple Specialists available for virtual sessions to help you make a purchase.
And you can also get advice on setting up your new iPhone after your purchase too.
There are financing options, which include 0% interest plans so you can spread the cost – though you’ll still need a SIM card.
And trade-in is available both online and offline.
These are the four iPhone models now availableCredit: The Sun
New iPhones – What are they?
Apple boss Tim Cook said: “Today is the day of a new era for iPhone. We’re bringing 5G to iPhone.”
He added that 5G “will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads.”
In total, Apple announced four new mobiles during its October 13 “Hi, Speed” event, which was streamed live to fans around the world from its Apple Park headquarters.
They’re the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max and a palm-sized, 5.4-inch iPhone Mini.
Apple is staggering this year’s iPhone releases.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro opened on October 16, while the two mobiles went on general sale a week later, on October 23.
The 12 will ship for £799 in the UK and $799 in the US, while the 12 Pro will go for £999 / $999.
Pre-orders for the beefy 12 Pro Max and midget iPhone Mini came a little later, launching on November 6.
Those two handsets will ship on November 13, starting at £699 / $699 for the Mini and £1,099 / $1,099 for the 12 Pro Max.
We’ve put together a handy guide on which iPhone is best for you here.
In other news, read our guide to 5G here.
Check out the best 5G SIM deals right now.
And find out if 5G is in your area.
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