How to preorder the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (and avoid lines)

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So you want the new iPhone don't you? 

After a very long and rumor-filled summer of waiting, the iPhone 7 is officially here (sans headphone jacks and with dust and water resistance)! Here's how to be the first to get your hands on the new iPhones.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 ($649 or $27/month) and iPhone 7 Plus ($769 or $32/month) will officially go live online tonight at midnight (September 9th). They will start shipping on September 16.

So, if you want a new iPhone ASAP, make sure you have your wallet ready — and you're also going to have to be ready to jump on your laptop when the clock strikes Friday, September 9 at 12:01 a.m. PT (3:01 a.m. ET).

Here's the dedicated page, apple.com/iPhone7preorder, or you can order in the Apple Store app on iOS devices.


Check Your Upgrade Eligibility

You can check this in the Apple Store app (first download it)  by clicking the Shop tab on the bottom toolbar, selecting "iPhone," and scrolling down to "iPhone Upgrade Program."

You can also check with your phone carrier. Most, including AT&T and Verizon, have pages on their websites where you can enter your phone number to find out.

It's also worth making one of the most difficult decisions of all, in the days leading up to presale: 7 or 7 PLUS?