Now that the dust has settled a little bit after Apple’s California Streaming event, we’re getting a better idea of what the iPhone 13 has to offer. This includes the various deals and availability for those who want to pre-order iPhone 13 once it becomes available. Since Apple didn’t open pre-orders today, you might be wondering what the deal is, and we’ve got you covered.
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When is the iPhone 13 available?
Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 begin this Friday, September 17th at 5 A.M. PDT, 8 A.M. EDT. This is standard operating procedure for Apple, as the company never offers its flagship iPhone’s for pre-order on the same day that they are announced. Once pre-orders have commenced, we will have one week until they begin arriving on doorsteps around the world.
Unlike last year, when the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro were available to pre-order first, before the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 is more of a traditional launch. All four models are available so you can pre-order whichever want you want, when you want, and the iPhone will arrive at the same time as everyone else’s.
How much is the iPhone 13?
While there were some rumblings that the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max would see a price increase, that’s not the case. In fact, the pricing remains the same across the board for all four models. However, there are a few key changes to make note of. First of which is that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini now have a minimum storage option of 128GB. This is up from the 64GB offered in the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini from last year. As for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, for the first time ever, Apple is offering a 1TB storage option. Here’s how much the iPhone 13 models are priced at:
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Where to pre-order iPhone 13
Although they are not available for pre-order, Apple’s 2021 iPhone lineup has changed ever-so-slightly. Now, we have the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and iPhone 12 to go along with the new iPhone 13 models. However, the iPhone XR and iPhone 12 Pro models are being discontinued. So if you wanted to grab one of those, you’ll need to do so quickly as they aren’t available after next week.
Pre-order iPhone 13 at Apple
If you want to pre-order iPhone 13 through Apple directly, you might have a bit of trouble on Friday. iPhone pre-orders in years past have been met with hanging purchase screens and carts that seem to empty on their own. While this was true with the iPhone 12, things were a bit better than in years past.
While Apple isn’t offering any specific discounts for those who want to pre-order iPhone 13 directly, there are some deals to take advantage of. The best deal from Apple if you want to pre-order is to trade-in your current phone. These trade-in rates have a tendency of fluctuating throughout the year, but expect them to remain the same at least until the iPhone 13 is available. Here’s what you can expect if you trade-in certain devices to pre-order iPhone 13:
- iPhone 12 Pro Max – Up to $790
- iPhone 12 Pro – Up to $640
- iPhone 12 – Up to $530
- Galaxy Note 20 – Up to $400
- Galaxy S20+ – Up to $325
- Google Pixel 5 – Up to $315
Pre-order iPhone 13 at Verizon Wireless
Surprisingly, Verizon doesn’t have the best deals for those who want to pre-order iPhone 13, at least not yet. However, you can get the iPhone 13 Mini for free over the course of 24 months with an eligible trade-in. And those who want the standard iPhone 13 will pay just $4.12 per month. Verizon is, however, offering a free $30 instant discount to cover activation fees for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
As for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, the same trade-in rules apply. With an eligible trade-in you’ll pay just $9.96 per month over 30 months with for the iPhone 13 Pro. With the iPhone 13 Pro Max, this gets bumped up to $13.30 per month over the same amount of time. Again, these prices depend on what phone you are trading in, and are for the base model of each version.
Pre-order iPhone 13 at AT&T
Moving onto AT&T, the carrier is offering the most trade-in value at up to $1,000 depending on what device you trade-in. This makes the iPhone 13 Pro free over 36 months and you can get the 13 Pro Max for just $2.75 per month. Additionally, if you get the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Mini, you also save $30 instantly for activation.
Pre-order iPhone 13 at T-Mobile / Sprint
Rounding out the pack, we have T-Mobile/Sprint. You can save up to $700 if you pre-order iPhone 13 after trade-in. This includes a $500 instant credit from T-Mobile/Sprint. So if you trade-in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll get up to a total of $1,290 in total trade-in credit. $790 of which would come from Apple, and the remaining amount coming from the carrier.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.