Today’s the day – UK pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 13, plus its pro, pro max and mini models, open at 1pm on Friday 17 September, and we’re here following live to help you get the very best deals on your new handset.
Rumours of the iPhone 13 have been on the horizon for a while, and we finally got confirmation at the Apple showcase on 14 September, where the brand unveiled four new versions of its ever-popular device – a classic iPhone 13, a new diminutive iPhone 13 mini (with a 5.4″ display), an iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max. Now we have a fixed date for ordering, the actual release date when your order will ship (24 September), and the price (starting from £679), we can finally get excited about getting our hands on one.
There are pros and cons to each of the new offerings – for instance, the high-end iPhone pro and pro max iphone 13 pro offer power in the form of performance, while the iPhone 13 itself has a wider range of aesthetically pleasing hues (including a new pink shade that’s like to sell out, based on current search trends).
Whether you’re looking for a contract or a handset, if you’re ready to leave your iPhone 12 behind and upgrade to the shiny new iPhone 13 (or one of its variations) as soon as it goes on sale, you’re in the right place.
Keep scrolling to learn more about when the iPhone launches, how much it costs, or the best deals available as they come in.
As well as Apple, the iPhone 13 will also be available from:
Apple iPhone 13 pre-order launch
Everything we know so far
How much does the iPhone 13 cost?
When is the release date?
Vodafone iPhone 13 deals
12:30 , Sophie Gallagher
Vodafone is one of the networks offering the iPhone 13 pre-order at 1pm today.
When you sign up for a pay-monthly phone at Vodafone you get a trade-in guarantee, flexible phone contract length and upgrade options from the 12-month mark.
On sim-only deals currently the cheapest plan, “Unlimited Lite” is £11 for the first six months (was £22 per month), which offers unlimited data and unlimited minutes and texts, and a maximum download speed of 2Mbps.
When does pre-order drop?
12:15 , Sophie Gallagher
The chance to pre-order your new iPhone 13 will happen at 1pm today, so in 45 minutes.
The following retailers are all open for registering your interest, and of course the Apple website itself.
If you order now you won’t get your iPhone dispatched till this time next week on Friday 24 September when the release happens.
Other websites, like John Lewis are not taking pre-orders but do have the iPhone 13 already listed on site ready to buy next week on the release date.
iPhone 13 at John Lewis
12:00 , Sophie Gallagher
Unlike phone carriers and networks, John Lewis isn’t giving customers the option to pre-register for the launch but has got the iPhone 13 listed on its website now for sale on 24 September.
This is the same release date that the pre-order will be shipped.
John Lewis appears to have all four models of the iPhone 13, including the pro, pro max, the mini and the standard iPhone 13.
These are at the range of price points provided by Apple, ranging from £679 to £1,549 at the highest end.
It also has the pink option available, which already appears to be in high demand.
Register your interest with Carphone Warehouse now
11:45 , Sophie Gallagher
Although the pre-order officially doesn’t launch until 1pm, which is in about 75 minutes time, you can register your details with Carphone Warehouse now.
That includes sharing your name, email, phone number — and then Carphone Warehouse be in touch when the drop happens.
iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 pro?
11:30 , Sophie Gallagher
The Apple tagline for the iPhone 13 pro is “more pro than ever before” and is “pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in a smartphone”.
Apple says the pro features: “The most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life; A15 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone; an advanced 5G experience; and so much more”.
Read our review of the iPhone 12 versus the iPhone 12 Pro to get an idea of how the models usually compare.
Of course the price tag varies too with the iPhone 13 starting at £679 and the iPhone 13 pro starting at £949.
How to order the iPhone 13 from EE
11:15 , Sophie Gallagher
You can specify your interest in both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 pro.
iPhone 13 pro max in pink
11:00 , Sophie Gallagher
Previous iPhones have come in a standard range of colours including black, blue, red, and pale green, as well as the rose gold and graphite options.
But the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be available in a pale pink colour, which is already proving popular and set to be in particularly high demand.
The other colours on offer are blue, midnight, starlight, and red. However, according to Apple, it doesn’t seem the iPhone 13 pro max model will be available in pink, only silver, graphite, gold or sierra blue.
You can pre-order the iPhone and the iPhone pro max at a number of retailers from 1pm and specify your model, storage and colour preferences: EE, Three, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Amazon, Currys, Sky, and Apple.
iPhone 13 deals
10:45 , Sophie Gallagher
Most of them are currently just trying to get customers signed up for the drop, and aren’t offering discounted deals but some are offering comprehensive packages for your new phone – such as the EE ‘Full Works Plan’, which gives you 24 months of Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, all with unlimited data.
Three is also offering a couple of deals, including a “refer a friend” which gives you £80 cash back when you recommend a new phone, tablet, sim or home broadband service. Three Recycle gives you cash to your bank or Paypal when you trade in your old phone.
And O2 still offers its O2 Priority service for customers, giving you unique prize draws and invite-only access to certain gigs and experiences.
When is the iPhone 13 coming out?
10:30 , Sophie Gallagher
So pre-order begins at 1pm (GMT) on Friday and you can register your interest at the following retailers right now to be notified when it happens:
But the iPhone 13 won’t ship straight away. Apple says it will be released to customers from 24 September, which is next Friday.
Going by previous iPhone drops, customers can normally expect to have their new phone one to two weeks after the initial pre-order date.
How much will the iPhone 13 cost?
10:00 , Sophie Gallagher
One thing we all want to know with Apple products - the cost.
At the launch event on Tuesday, Apple announced that prices will start at £679 for the iPhone 13 mini. This rises to £799 for the standard iPhone 13.
For the iPhone 13 Pro you’re looking at a starting price of £949 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max from £1,049.
What we know so far about the iPhone 13
09:30 , Sophie Gallagher
The iPhone 13 was only unveiled a few days ago on 14 September at Apple’s latest event – although obviously we’ve known a new iPhone was on the horizon for some time.
The iPhone 13 updates the latest iPhone 12 bringing a new camera system and Apple’s latest A15 chip. The brand claims it will be up to 50 per cent faster than other phones on the market.
There will be four new iPhones including a 13 mini, 13 pro and 13 pro max, with all featuring larger batteries to give you more time away from your charger.
Apple has also decided to have a more eco-conscious approach with this phone, with the antenna bands made from upcycled plastic water bottles, and the rare earth metals used internally made from recycled materials.
You can read more about everything we know here.
Good morning Apple lovers 🍎
09:00 , Sophie Gallagher
Today is not only Friday (and almost the weekend) but also the day that pre-order finally opens for the Apple iPhone 13, and we’ll be here to guide you through it all step by step.
Although the pre-order isn’t available until 1pm (GMT) we’ll be looking at everything you need to know to shop, bringing you all the places you can register your interest and collating the best deals for your new phone.
So have your wallets on standby and let’s begin.