Preorders for Apple’s upcoming iPhone XR begin this Friday. But if you’re a member of the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can kick-start the process today.
Apple opened up its pre-approval process for iPhone Upgrade Program customers wanting to buy an iPhone XR on Monday. Basically, this lets customers prepare their application before preorders officially launch.
That’s because of the nature of loan approval for iPhone Upgrade Program members. While these customers can apply for an iPhone XR at the same time as other customers, that loan approval can snarl the process and cause program members to get their orders in later than others.
To help speed the process along, the Cupertino tech giant unveiled loan pre-approval for the iPhone Upgrade Program during last year’s iPhone X launch.
Apple announced the pre-approval in a notice on the iPhone Upgrade Program web page. It advises members to get pre-approved so that they can “speed through checkout” on pre-order day, which is Friday, Oct. 19.
How Does It Work?
The actual process itself is carried out on the iOS Apple Store app (available here). Users will select the color, model and capacity of iPhone XR they want and confirmed carrier and loan pre-approval. Then, when Friday rolls around, they’ll complete the pre-order process with the Apple Store app.
Possibly expecting high demand, Apple is urging customers to get their preorders in as soon as possible on Friday. Typically, that means placing an order around 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.
The iPhone XR is essentially a mid-range device that sports many of the flagship-tier features of its iPhone XS stablemate, including Face ID and an edge-to-edge design. But the device comes with some key differences, including a new 6.1-inch form factor, an LCD Liquid Retina display, and bright color options like black, white, red, blue, yellow and coral.
The iPhone XR starts at $749 for the base 64GB tier, which translates to about $37.41 a month via the iPhone Upgrade Program. The 128GB and 256GB storage configurations will, of course, cost more.
Preorders for the handset start this Friday, Oct. 19. The device will ship to customers the following Friday, Oct. 26.