Starting today, Apple is giving iPhone Upgrade Program customers a head start on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting approved for an Upgrade Program loan. The company started notifying customers about this option via their website and a notice in the Apple Store app.
You will need to download the Apple Store app and choose the iPhone X model to be pre-approved for a loan ahead of pre-orders. This process was also offered for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and Apple says it will allow customers to “speed through checkout on 10/27”.
Once you’ve been approved and pre-orders are underway, you can use the Apple Store app to complete your purchase which will be a lot quicker than customers who need to need to provide approval before they buy.
This Upgrade Program is designed to allow Apple customers to upgrade to a new iPhone after 12 payments have been made toward their existing iPhone. The program also includes AppleCare+ and requires customers to trade in their old phone before they receive a new one although you can choose to make payments for 24 months to keep a hold of your current device.
In a marked improvement to last year, this year you can use a Trade-in Kit to return your existing device to Apple so you will no longer need to visit an Apple Store to purchase a new device. Additionally, it means you don’t need to reserve an iPhone at a local Apple retail store which has in the past left upgrade customers with limited stock to choose from.
As rumors suggest, supplies of the iPhone X are expected to be heavily constrained so a quick and easy pre-order process for iPhone Upgrade customers is definitely something that will push many people to sign up.