iPhone 12 release date and pre-order deals as new 5G model on sale TODAY

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APPLE’S latest iPhones open for pre-order today, with the 5G gadgets expected to sell out in minutes around the world.

The high tech mobiles will hit buyers’ doorsteps next week – here’s how to bag yourself one.

Apple, Inc.Apple boss Tim Cook holds the brand new iPhone 12[/caption]

New iPhones – What are they?

The iPhone 12 series make up the latest and greatest smartphones from California tech titan Apple, and are the company’s first to come with 5G connectivity.

Apple boss Tim Cook said: “Today is the day of a new era for iPhone. We’re bringing 5G to iPhone.”

He added that 5G “will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads.”

In total, Apple announced four new mobiles during its October 13 “Hi, Speed” event, which was streamed live to fans around the world from its Apple Park headquarters.

They’re the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max and a palm-sized, 5.4-inch iPhone Mini.

New iPhones – Price and release date

AppleThere are plenty of new iPhones to choose from[/caption]

Apple is staggering this year’s iPhone releases.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro open on October 16, while the two mobiles will go on general sale a week later, on October 23.

The 12 will ship for £799 in the UK and $799 in the US, while the 12 Pro will go for £999 / $999.

Pre-orders for the beefy 12 Pro Max and midget iPhone Mini will come a little later, launching on November 6.

Those two handsets will ship on November 13, starting at £699 / $699 for the Mini and £1,099 / $1,099 for the 12 Pro Max.

We’ve put together a handy guide on which iPhone is best for you here.

New iPhones – Where to get them

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro open at 1pm UK time (8am ET) on October 16.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone Mini open at 1pm UK time (8am ET) on November 6.

They’ll being going live on Apple’s website, and will hit major online retailers like Amazon, Argos and deals site Mobiles.co.uk soon after.

All of the mobiles will be available at Apple’s brick and mortar stores on their respective release days, too. As a reminder, that’s October 23 for the 12 and 12 Pro, and November 13 for the 12 Pro Max and Mini.

On top of all that, the big-hitting mobile networks in both the UK and US will be stocking the new handsets.

They include Vodafone, EE and Three in the UK, and Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

To bag a pre-order, head to any of their websites or stores shortly before pre-orders open for a chance to bag the phone you want.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed, as the mobiles will be in high demand and so will sell out quickly.

iPhone 12 deals

Apple, Inc.The iPhone 12 Pro comes with a tasty triple rear camera system[/caption]

Now that pre-orders are live, deals are trickling through from major network operators.

Remember, because they’re the latest iPhones, you’ll struggle to find anything cheap. Here are some of the best so far:

iPhone 12 with 1GB of data, 1,000 minutes and Unlimited texts for £33 a month for 36 months with Virgin Media – Buy now iPhone 12 with 4GB of data, Unlimited calls and Unlimited texts for £34 a month for 24 months with Sky Mobile – Buy now iPhone 12, with 100GB of 5G data, Unlimited calls and Unlimited texts, for £39 a month (£299 upfront) with Vodafone – Buy now

iPhone 12 Pro deals

iPhone 12 Pro with 4GB of data, Unlimited calls and Unlimited texts for £41 a month for 24 months with Sky Mobile – Buy now iPhone 12 Pro with 1GB of data, 1,000 minutes and Unlimited texts for £49.50 a month for 24 months with Virgin Media – Buy now iPhone 12 Pro with 50GB of data, Unlimited calls and Unlimited texts for £50.99 a month for 24 months (£99.99 upfront) with ID mobile – Buy now

In time, more networks will announce their pricing and push any deals they cook up to tempt option-swamped consumers.

We’ll update this page when those start rolling in, so be sure to check back in.

In the mean time, Apple’s finance offer lets you pay over time using an instalment plan.

The payments are made with either Baclays or PayPal and you can choose how much you want to chip in each month.

They’re subject to a 14.9 per cent interest rate, though, so you’ll end up paying more for the phone than if you bought it outright.

Why an October iPhone release?

AP:Associated PressThe iPhone 12 comes in a host of fun colours[/caption]

Apple detailed its new iPhones during its livestreamed “Hi, Speed” showcase on October 13, 2020.

The company normally unveils new gadgets in front of a raucous crowd at Apple Park during its annual September event.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced event organisers to do things a little differently this year.

Apple exec Luca Maestri confirmed in July that, due to the outbreak, the new iPhones would be pushed back by “a few weeks”.

That meant the company had to host a rather subdued September event without any iPhone news, with headline announcements including minor updates to the iPad and Apple Watch.

The big guns – a handful of new 5G iPhones – were pushed back to an October 13 showcase to line up with delayed production schedules.

In other news, Apple recently unveiled the latest version of the Apple Watch – its cheapest smartwatch in years.

There’s a new iPhone homscreen in iOS 14, and fans are divided over it.

Find out about all the new iOS 14 features here.

What do you think of the new iPhones? Let us know in the comments!

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