iPhone 12 and 12 Pro preorders go live!

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iPhone 12 pricing is lower for Verizon and AT&T customers.
The long-awaited iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are here. Almost.
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On your marks, get set, go, go, go! Apple preorders went live Friday at 5am Pacific time, giving customers the chance to order their new iPhone 12 handsets.

For the first time in history, Apple is this year offering four different iPhone models. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini are Apple’s two “regular” iPhones, while the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and monster 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max are its premium handsets.

You can only order the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models today, though. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, this year’s two size extremes, will be available for preorder November 6. Phones available for preorder today will ship October 23.

Apart from the three different sizes, the main thing distinguishing the handsets are the camera setup. The Pro models boast an additional lens in the form of the 2x telephoto lens, along with a LiDAR sensor. The Pro models also feature stainless steel sides, while the regular iPhone 12 models feature aluminum edges. They are also available in different colors — with black, red, white, green, blue for the regular iPhone 12 and gold, silver, graphite, blue for the Pro models.

Beyond this, the handsets are largely the same. The 2020 iPhone refresh features 5G connectivity, a new design with flatter, iPad Pro-style industrial design, OLED display, A14 Bionic chip, MagSafe for iPhone, and tougher, Ceramic Shield glass.

Pricing for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

The pricing for today’s slew of preorder iPhones is as follows. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 costs:

  • 64GB: $799
  • 128GB: $849
  • 256GB: $949

Meanwhile, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro costs:

  • 128GB: $999
  • 256GB: $1,099
  • 512GB: $1,199

Preorders for the new iPhone can be made through the Apple Online Store. Alternately, you can preorder through carriers in 35 different countries around the world. As ever, expect some of the more popular handsets to slip in availability quickly. A previous rumor suggested Apple is making double the number of 6.1-inch regular iPhone 12 models to other iPhone 12 units this year. That suggests that they should remain available for a bit longer — although, if Apple’s forecasted correctly, they’ll also be more heavily in demand.

Which iPhone 12, if any, are you hoping to get your hands on this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.