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iPhone 13 preorders — use this tip to get it faster than other shoppers

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Update: Preorders are now live. Make sure to check out our iPhone 13 deals coverage for ways to save on your new iPhone. 

Get ready! iPhone 13 preorders begin Friday at 8 a.m. ET and if the latest chip shortage news has you feeling weak in the knees, Apple has some advice. Pre-register today to make the purchase process as smooth as possible on Friday. 

Pre-registering doesn't guarantee you'll snag an iPhone 13 on Friday. However, it'll speed up the process significantly since you won't have to waste time filling out any forms. Here's what you'll need to do. 

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iPhone 13: pre-register now @ Apple
Global chip shortages have you feeling queasy about Friday's iPhone 13 preorders? Apple is letting customers pre-register today for Friday's launch. Simply head to the Apple website (or launch the Apple App Store app) and fill in all of your info. Come Friday at 8 a.m. ET, you'll be able to quickly checkout. 

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First, open the Apple Store app or head to Apple's website to get started. Pick the iPhone 13 that you want, choose a payment option, and enter all of your information. You'll enter your preferred carrier, check if you're upgrade eligible, and take care of any trade-in credits (if you have an old iPhone you're willing to part ways with). 

If all of this sounds pretty basic, it's because it is. You're simply pre-registering so that come 8 a.m. ET on Friday, you'll come back and skip the laborious process and simply head to check out. It's similar to the advice we give when waiting for the next PS5 restock. Just keep in mind that this window to pre-register ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.