Time to set your alarm clock. Apple has confirmed to Wired that preorders for the iPhone 5 will start at 12:01 a.m. PT tomorrow, Sept. 14.
U.S. carrier Sprint will start at the same time while Verizon gets a one-minute head start at midnight PDT. AT&T has yet to confirm when it will be accepting preorders, but it is assumed it will be at the same time as Apple and the other carriers.
And if you really don’t want to have a late night and prefer to stand in really long lines, Apple Retail Stores will offer the handset for sale starting at 8 a.m. in the respective time zones on launch day – next Friday, Sept. 21.
With any luck, buyers who pre-order early tomorrow will receive the iPhone on launch day.
Announced yesterday at a media event in San Francisco, the iPhone 5 features a larger 4-inch screen and support for the faster LTE networking protocol. It will be offered in two colors – black and white – with the usual 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions.
The 16GB handset starts at $199, but Apple has a very handy tool on its website so you can check and see exactly how much one would cost for you, depending on contract status.
After standing in a massive line at my local Apple Store to snag my iPhone 4 in the summer of 2010, I will definitely be at my computer early tomorrow ready to go.