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iPhone 12 and Pro available today: How to buy Apple's newest phones right now

Two of the new iPhone 12 models have hit their release date, but you'll have to wait for the iPhone 12 Mini and Pro Max. Find out when, where and how to buy each model -- and for how much.

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Four new iPhone 12s, four different prices. And not every iPhone will arrive at the same time.

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The first iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro preorders have started to arrive, and retailers can now sell Apple's latest phones. If you skipped preorders, you can still order either model, but ship times if you buy from Apple currently range from Nov. 5 to Nov. 19, depending on the specific model you want. 

If you're looking to pick up the iPhone 12 Mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you'll have to wait until Nov. 6 to place an order, and until Nov. 13 for them to actually ship.

A big change for 2020 is pricing. All four carriers are selling the two iPhones for $30 less than if you buy a SIM-free model from Apple. With so many models (here's how to tell them all apart) and staggered sale dates, this is certainly Apple's most confusing iPhone launch yet.

Each new iPhone has 5G connectivity, a first for Apple, an OLED display and camera improvements, especially the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.

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We lay out everything you need to know about buying an iPhone 12, including the full pricing options across carriers, models and configurations. And if you're switching to a new iPhone 12, make sure you go through our checklist on your current iPhone

iPhone 12 pricing: All four new models


64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone 12 Mini (Carrier model) $699 $749 $849 N/A
iPhone 12 Mini (SIM-free from Apple) $729 $779 $879 N/A
iPhone 12 (Carrier model) $799 $849 $949 N/A
iPhone 12 (SIM-free from Apple) $829 $879 $979 N/A
iPhone 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
iPhone 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

When can I buy the iPhone 12?

This year, Apple is staggering the release of all the iPhone 12 models. That means the timing of preorders will be based on the model you want. 

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro: Right now. Preorders have already started to arrive at the same time as in-store availability. However, shipping time for either model is slipping to early or mid-November, depending on the specific model. 

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max: Preorders begin Friday, Nov. 6 (no time announced yet). Availability and sale date on Nov. 13.

What are my iPhone 12 color options?

  • iPhone 12 Mini: Black, red, white, green, blue
  • iPhone 12: Black, red, white, green, blue
  • iPhone 12 Pro: Gold, silver, graphite, blue
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: Gold, silver, graphite, blue
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How much does the iPhone 12 cost?

iPhone 12 Mini 

The iPhone 12 Mini is the smallest of the lot, with a 5.4-inch display. It's also the least expensive model.

  • 64GB: $699 
  • 128GB: $749
  • 256GB: $849

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iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen and two rear-facing cameras and is available in a handful of bright and fun colors.

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

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iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro also has a screen size of 6.1 inches, but it has a stainless-steel housing, three rear-facing cameras and a lidar sensor for improved AR functions.

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

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iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen, the largest ever in an iPhone. Like the smaller version, the Pro Max also has three rear-facing cameras, and a lidar sensor for improved AR.

  • 128GB: $1,099
  • 256GB: $1,199
  • 512GB: $1,399

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Buy from Apple in just a few taps

Naturally, you can buy directly from Apple. Pro tip: Use the Apple Store app on your iPhone to speed up the process. You can pick out your exact model, go through the approval process with your carrier for the upgrade and even sign up for Apple Card or agree to the iPhone Upgrade Program terms. It's a smooth experience all around. 

Wireless carriers

Buying the new iPhone through a wireless carrier can have the added benefit of deals and promotions, but often the deals require you to switch carriers or add lines to your account.

AT&T

New or existing AT&T customers can get a free iPhone 12 by trading in an iPhone 8 or newer, and sign up for one of AT&T's new unlimited plans.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon announced it was expanding its 5G network nationwide, and alongside that running a promotion for the iPhone 12 that includes a free phone with the trade-in of "select" phones and signing up for a "select" unlimited plan when you switch to the carrier. Existing customers can sign up to pay $15 a month under the same promotion.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile is running several different promotions for the iPhone 12 launch. For example, you can get two iPhone 12 Pros with two lines of service on an unlimited 5G plan for $100 a month with a qualifying trade-in. Adding a line to your account and trading in an eligible phone can get you up to $850 off an iPhone 12. If you've been with T-Mobile or Sprint for five years or longer, you can get $200 off a new iPhone when you trade in your current iPhone.

Xfinity Mobile

New customers who port their number over to Xfinity Mobile will get $250 off an Apple device, while existing customers will get a $250 prepaid debit card.

Visible 

When you buy either iPhone 12 model and port your number in from another carrier, you'll get a free pair of Bose headphones. In addition to the headphones, you'll get a $100 MasterCard virtual account with the purchase of an iPhone 12, or $150 with the iPhone 12 Pro. 

Retailers 

Sometimes big-box retailers like Best Buy or Walmart offer the best deals and promotions. If nothing else, they serve as a backup plan if you're looking for launch day availability.

Walmart

You can save up to $130 on the iPhone 12 when you preorder from Walmart. It appears the discount only applies to purchases made with a qualifying device payment plan.

Target

Target's website has placeholders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lines, with an availability date of Oct. 23 for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Currently, there are no promotions listed on the site.

Best Buy

Best Buy is effectively mirroring AT&T's offer: Get the iPhone 12 for free with "qualified activation and trade-in with AT&T for new and existing customers," or the Pro with the same basic stipulations for $6.67 per month over 30 months.

Sam's Club

Sam's Club is offering those who buy the iPhone 12 and switch to AT&T up to $250 off the iPhone, and it's waiving the activation fee. You'll need to visit your local Sam's Club store to preorder and pick up your phone.

We will continue to update this post as more carriers and retailers announce their plans.