Apple's Online Store Down Ahead of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Pre-Orders

Apple has taken its online storefront down in order to prepare for the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-orders, which will begin at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time or 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, September 12. Pre-orders will be available on Apple's site, via the Apple Store app, and on several carrier sites.

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Ahead of when pre-orders kick off, people planning to make a purchase should check their upgrade eligibility and pricing options on Apple's website, using the new "Get ready for pre-order" tool.

Apple will accept pre-orders in first wave launch countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the United States.

The iPhone 6s is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities in the United States for $199, $299, and $399, respectively, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing begins at $649. Apple's higher-priced iPhone 6s Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities for $299, $399, and $499, respectively, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing on the larger-screened device starts at $749.

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Apple is also offering its own iPhone Upgrade Program in the United States, letting users pay a monthly fee for their iPhone with a trade-in option available after 12 months of payments. Pricing, which includes AppleCare+, starts at $32.41 per month for the entry-level 16GB iPhone 6s and goes up from there. Participating in this program requires an in-store purchase, but Apple is accepting online reservations at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on September 12 for in-store appointments.

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jsmith189 Avatar
116 months ago
Obligatory.

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jtrenda33 Avatar
116 months ago
will be interesting to see what the first 'whatever'-gate is about for this phone.
Awesomegate.
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sfwalter Avatar
116 months ago
will be interesting to see what the first 'whatever'-gate is about for this phone.
Fingers burn from using 3D Touch since they are too close to the pixels. Ha Ha.
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Ron Johnson Avatar
116 months ago
I was wondering the same thing. I'm still under contract with AT&T until April 2016, but I'm guessing you probably have to be upgrade ready in order to use Apple's program. Otherwise wouldn't AT&T charge an ETF for breaking the contract early?
Apples upgrade plan is completely separate from the carriers. You do have to activate the phone if you get it through the apple payment plan, but it is unlocked.

Even if you activate it that does not mean you terminate your contract. However, if you are still in a 2 year agreement you will still have your 40$ line fee until that 2 years is up. Also same with next, edge, device payment etc.

Basically you can get the iphone from the apple payment whenever you want, but you have to activate it and still have to fulfill the payments on any existing phones from your carrier (separate).
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MyCow Avatar
116 months ago
Apple please. Why you do dis.
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BornAgainMac Avatar
116 months ago
I wish it could be 3 hours earlier. I hate this 3:00am crap.
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