At 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, Apple will open its retail stores around the world to anxious consumers hoping to score a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
iPhone Launch Day is nearly always a frenzied experience full of early alarms, long lines, and the excitement of new bling. Even before the new iPhones hit retail stores, Apple reported that most of its launch supplies had run out, which helps the company further build the anticipation.
So far, early reviews suggest the iPhone 6s and its larger cousin, are a worthy upgrade thanks to 3D Touch and the improved camera. The Wall Street Journal called the new smartphones a slightly better upgrade over the iPhone 6, and noted that Apple made several small improvements that added up to a better experience.
Others have noted that new rose gold color is proving popular even before the iPhone 6s arrives.
The iPhone 6s is helped a great deal thanks to iOS 9, which Apple released last week. The new platform, which is enjoying swift adoption, brings plenty of consumer-friendly features to iPhones old and new.
Apple added a wrinkle to the buying process this year with new pricing plans. Consumers now have the option of leasing an iPhone directly from Apple instead of buying the device outright from their carrier of choice. Sprint is taking it to the extreme with a $1 plan.
Despite some of the changes, this year's launch will mostly echo what's happened in the past. There are a few key changes, however, worth having in mind before you get out of bed at o'dark-thirty. Before you do anything, back up your old iPhone. Save your settings and apps to your PC or iCloud, and offload the pictures and any other files/documents you want to keep.
Here are seven tips from InformationWeek on the best ways to get your new iPhone -- and how you can pay for it. If you're planning on an upgrade, give us your own tips and tricks for getting your hands on the latest model. We want to hear from you in the comments section below.