How to preorder your iPhone XR the right way

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Thinking the iPhone XR would have been worth the wait?
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Preorders for the iPhone XR start tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. Pacific. If you want to be sure of getting a new handset — in the color you really want — on day one, you probably need to be quick with your preorder. If not, you could be faced with waiting for Apple to fill the backlog of orders before you finally get a new iPhone sometime near Christmas.

Luckily, we have a guide that will help you preorder your iPhone XR the right way when on October 19.

How to buy iPhone XR on iPhone Upgrade Program if you own iPhone X

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The iPhone Upgrade Program lets you pay off your balance for an early upgrade.
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The iPhone Upgrade Program is Apple’s equivalent of a carrier’s monthly contract. You can upgrade your iPhone every year, and pay a monthly fee instead of buying the handset outright. Usually, the upgrade path is simple — there’s a new iPhone every year, and you can upgrade every year. But the iPhone X came out on November 3, 2017, so iPhone Upgrade Program participants still have at least a couple of weeks left to run on their contracts.

So how do you get the colorful iPhone XR you’re craving on launch day?

Widespread shipping delays hit iPhone 7 on eve of launch

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Jet black iPhone 7 will be hard to find.
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With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus scheduled to arrive in less than 24 hours, customers around the globe who preordered are being notified that their devices won’t ship on time.

The unpleasant news isn’t sitting well with these Apple fans, many of whom thought they’d get their iPhone 7 on launch day.

Catch our iPhone 7, AirPods and Apple Watch 2 first impressions on The CultCast

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This week on The CultCast: iPhone 7, AirPods, the new Apple Watch — we’ll cover everything Apple announced this week, and tell you what we like, what we don’t, and what we’ll be spending our own hard-earned monies on. Plus: Nintendo’s big move into iOS, and how to lock down the exact iPhone you want when the preorders go live.

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