iPhone 12 release date and pre-order – When and where to get Apple's latest 5G mobiles
APPLE announced its latest iPhones during a glitzy live-streamed event on Tuesday.
Pre-orders for the new mobiles open imminently and they're out in the next few weeks – here's how to bag yourself one.
Follow our iPhone 12 launch event blog for the latest news and updates…
New iPhones – What are they?
The iPhones 12 series make up the latest and greatest smartphones from California tech titan Apple, and are the company’s first to come with 5G connectivity.
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.
New iPhones – Price and release date
Apple is staggering this year's iPhone releases.
Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro open on October 16, while the two mobiles will go 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 will come 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.
New iPhones – Where to get them
Pre-orders open Friday on Apple's website, as well as major online retailers like Amazon.
All of the mobiles will be available at Apple's brick and mortar stores on their respective release days.
On top of that, major mobile carriers in both the UK and US will be stocking the new handsets.
They include Vodafone, EE and Three in the UK, and Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
To bag a pre-order, head to any of their websites or stores on the day pre-orders open for the phone you want.
Keep your fingers and toes crossed, as the mobiles will be in high demand and so will sell out quickly.
Why an October release?
Apple detailed its new iPhones during its livestreamed "Hi, Speed" showcase on October 13, 2020.
The company normally unveils new gadgets in front of a raucous crowd at Apple Park during its annual September event.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced event organisers to do things a little differently this year.
Apple exec Luca Maestri confirmed in July that, due to the outbreak, the new iPhones would be pushed back by "a few weeks".
That meant the company had to host a rather subdued September event without any iPhone news, with headline announcements including minor updates to the iPad and Apple Watch.
The big guns – a handful of new 5G iPhones – were pushed back to an October 13 showcase to line up with delayed production schedules.
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