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The Ultimate iPhone 12 Pre-Order Guide: Release Dates, Carriers, and More

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iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro | AT&T
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro | Verizon

Announced during Tuesday’s event, where Apple first showcased its latest smartphone line-up in full-blown (and blue) 5G glory, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are finally available to pre-order. Featuring the return of MagSafe and improved cameras across the board, Apple diehards, older iPhone owners, and recent converts are eagerly waiting to upgrade.

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But as some iPhone 12 models are coming out on different dates than the rest, pinning down an exact release date for the one you want can get confusing. Here’s a guide to making sure you’re pre-ordering the right iPhone today and from the right carrier, with prices and links included.

When Do Pre-Orders Begin?

You can secure an iPhone 12 for yourself starting October 16 at 5 AM PDT. Use this link to find out when that is in your time zone.

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Which Models Can I Pre-Order Now?

Two of the four iPhone 12 models you’ll find are ready for pre-order today. iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max prospects, on the other hand, will have to wait patiently until November 6.

Where to Pre-Order the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

The main event is on Apple’s own site, though AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are also presenting compelling reasons to upgrade. But where Apple is giving early buyers a $30 discount for a limited time, the carriers themselves are shaving up to $850 off the list price in exchange for your current phone.

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To take advantage of any network-specific deals, see the links below for more details. New and existing AT&T customers can relinquish their old smartphones and snag an iPhone 12 for free. Similarly, Verizon subscribers can save up to $800 toward their new phone with a trade-in.

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iPhone 12 – Pre-Order Page
iPhone 12 Pro – Pre-Order Page

Verizon

iPhone 12 – Pre-Order Page
iPhone 12 Pro – Pre-Order Page

T-Mobile

iPhone 12 – Pre-Order Page
iPhone 12 Pro – Pre-Order Page

As Sprint was bought by T-Mobile earlier this year, the brand is slowly being phased out, with existing customers moving over to T-Mobile as we speak. If you’re looking to upgrade from Apple directly, you’re still essentially buying it through a carrier, albeit with extra steps. Sprint users should be to your carrier advisor to see how you can migrate your service to T-Mobile.

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iPhone 12 Price: How Much Does It Cost?

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As mentioned, AT&T and Verizon & T-Mobile customers save $30 when pre-ordering an iPhone 12 straight from the Apple Store, but T-Mobile is offering up to $850 off with a qualifying device trade-in. If you’ve got a clunker you’re ready to expel, that might be the way to fetch the most bang for your buck—assuming it’s still in decent condition.

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Am I Eligible for Upgrade?

Check your with your service provider if you’re planning to upgrade on your existing contract. Without a special incentive offer from the carrier, you might have to pay a fee to cover the processing cost on their end.

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When Will My iPhone 12 Shipment Arrive?

While the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are set to arrive on October 23, the staggered release schedule means the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max won’t reach your doorstep until November 16, one week from their respective pre-order date. Depending on availability, we recommend pre-ordering as soon as you decide which iPhone 12 variant best suits your needs.

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LG’s rollable TV finally goes on sale for $87,000

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LG has announced that its world-first rollable TV is finally going on sale, albeit in limited fashion. The 65-inch LG Signature OLED R is now available at seven consumer electronics store throughout South Korea and will cost 100 million won, or more than $87,000.

The Signature OLED R is built around a flexible OLED panel that LG describes with characteristic restraint as “the most innovative development in television technology in decades.” Because of its flexible nature, it can retract partially or fully into its base, adapting to different aspect ratios or hiding the panel completely when not in use.


“LG’s exquisite creation liberates users from the limitations of the wall, enabling owners to curate their living environment without having to permanently set aside space for a large, black screen that is only useful when turned on,” the company says in a statement. Buyers will be able to choose between four colors for the wool speaker cover, and the aluminum base can be personalized with an engraving.

Unsurprisingly for such an ambitious product, the Signature OLED R has faced a difficult path to market. LG Display first showed off a rollable TV prototype at CES 2018, and Bloomberg later reported that the display would make its way into a shipping product the next year. LG did indeed bring a commercial rollable TV to the next CES with plans to release it in spring 2019, but it never actually went on sale.

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Trump says ‘nobody gets hacked’ but forgot his hotel chain was hacked — twice

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According to President Trump speaking at a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday, “nobody gets hacked.” You don’t need someone who covers security day in and day out to call bullshit on this one.

“Nobody gets hacked. To get hacked you need somebody with 197 IQ and he needs about 15 percent of your password,” Trump said, referencing the recent suspension of C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, who admitted falsely claiming his Twitter account was hacked this week after sending a tweet to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

There’s a lot to unpack in those two-dozen words. But aside from the fact that not all hackers are male (and it’s sexist to assume that), and glossing over the two entirely contrasting sentences, Trump also neglected to mention that his hotel chain was hacked twice — once over a year-long period between 2014 and 2015 and again between 2016 and 2017.

We know this because the Trump business was legally required to file notice with state regulators after each breach, which they did.

In both incidents, customers of Trump’s hotels had their credit card data stolen. The second breach was blamed on a third-party booking system, called Sabre, which also exposed guest names, emails, phone numbers and more.

The disclosures didn’t say how many people were affected. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t “nobody.”

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not return a request for comment.

It’s easy to ignore what could be considered a throwaway line: To say that “nobody gets hacked” might seem harmless on the face of it, but to claim so is dangerous. It’s as bad as saying something is “unhackable” or “hack-proof.” Ask anyone who works in cybersecurity and they’ll tell you that no person or company can ever make such assurances.

Absolute security doesn’t exist. But for those who don’t know any different, it’s an excuse not to think about their own security. Yes, you should use a password manager. Absolutely turn on two-factor authentication whenever you can. Do the basics, because hackers don’t need an IQ score of 197 to break into your accounts. All they need is for you to lower your guard.

If “nobody gets hacked” as Trump claims, it makes you wonder whatever happened to the 400-pound hacker the president mentioned during his first White House run.

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The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda’s adventures continue in brand new look at season two

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The Mandalorian’s second season is just days away from premiering on Disney Plus, and a new trailer for the Star Wars series teases what fans can expect.

Most of the trailer focused on the Mando’s continued adventures with the Child, including an ominous moment where he’s warned that the worlds he’s trying to visit are no places for a child. Much like executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni teased in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show looks like it will tackle more substantial narrative lines than we got in the first season.

Picking up essentially where the last season left off, The Mandalorian’s second season will explore a much “larger story in the world,” according to Favreau. While many of the episodes in the first season could stand on their own as one-offs, the second season will see storylines intertwine even more, Favreau and Filoni told Entertainment Weekly ahead of the second season’s debut.

“Everything gets bigger, the stakes get higher, but also the personal story between the Child and the Mandalorian develops in a way I think people will enjoy,” Filoni said.

With The Mandalorian returning to Disney Plus, it’s an exciting time for Star Wars fans — but it’s also an important moment for the House of Mouse. The Mandalorian launched alongside Disney Plus in November 2019, and since then, Disney Plus has suffered from a lack of original, exciting programming that will bring in and keep subscribers happy. Part of that is because the pandemic made production nearly impossible on shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier until recently, but the fact remains: Disney needs something to get people talking again.

Executives are hoping that The Mandalorian’s second season, and its adorable star the Child — aka Baby Yoda — will do for Disney Plus in 2020 what the show did in 2019. If everything goes according to plan, The Mandalorian will roll into WandaVision, Marvel Studios’ next big show, which may roll into another big title. Disney Plus needs that continuous momentum to keep people around, especially as one year free offers from partners like Verizon start to end and Disney will start charging many customers who aren’t paying.

Regardless of whether The Mandalorian helps Disney amass and keep more subscribers, it’s exciting to have more new Star Wars back in our lives. The Mandalorian returns on October 30th.

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