In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last day or so, Apple launched their new iPhones 8 and X (complete with Face ID), and Halimah Yacob was elected Singapore’s first female Malay president. In that order.
Assuming you knew that like the woke Singaporean you are, here’s a round-up of how you can get your hands on the latest iPhones (since getting a presidential nomination is now out of the question).
1. Direct order from Apple Store
Singapore customers can pre-order the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus from 3.01pm on September 15 on Apple Singapore’s online store. This is the same time that pre-orders open for U.S.-based customers (12.01am PDT).
Unlike the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which were available in 6 colours (now 5), the newer phones come in only Silver, Gold and Space Grey. Sizes remain unchanged at 4.7” and 5.5” for an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus respectively.
- S$1,148 for a 64GB iPhone 8, and S$1,388 for the 256GB model.
- iPhone 8 Plus are priced at S$1,308 for the 64GB model and S$1,548 for the 256GB one.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the exclusive iPhone X (issit X for eXclusive? Or X for eXpensive?), preorders start later on 27 October, also at 3.01pm local time.
The iPhone X comes in Silver and Space Grey, and features a 5.8” OLED display.
Prices: This newest iPhone offering will set you back a crazy S$1,648 for the 64GB model, and S$1,888 for the 256GB model.
2. Via Singapore's telcos
No news yet on how much the iPhones 8, 8 Plus and X will cost with mobile contracts from the various telcos, but here is how you can get in line for the new iPhones.
Singtel opened pre-registrations for customers to indicate their interest in the new iPhones on a dedicated page.
However, according to Singtel, pre-registration does not guarantee customers a new iPhone.
According to the site, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be available from September 22, and from November 3 for the iPhone X, the same dates as Apple's.
StarHub too has a microsite dedicated to the new iPhone, but registration is only open for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. If you’re looking to register with StarHub, you can do so here. This page will close at noon on Friday, September 15.
(Update: Their iPhone X interest registration page is available here)
If you're a StarHub business customer, there's a separate link to register your interest for the iPhones 8 and 8 Plus.
You'll have to log in with your M1 ID first, and then you will receive a pre-order link from M1.
Walk-in sales dates have yet to be announced. M1 also has an FAQ page for iPhone 8-related questions.
Circles.Life said in a Thursday release it will be offering the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Subscribers who sign up for new plans can either pay for the phones up-front in full (prices look the same as the ones listed directly on the Apple store) or send up to 24-month instalments through DBS, POSB and UOB Visa or MasterCard credit cards.
- iPhone X 64GB (Silver, Space Grey) $1,648 upfront, from $68.67 per month for 24-month instalments
- iPhone X 256GB (Silver, Space Grey) $1,888 upfront, from $78.67 per month for 24-month instalments
- iPhone 8 Plus 64GB (Silver, Gold, Space Grey) $1,308 upfront, from $54.50 per month for 24-month instalments
- iPhone 8 Plus 256GB (Silver, Gold, Space Grey) $1,548 upfront, from $64.50 per month for 24-month instalments
- iPhone 8 64GB (Silver, Gold, Space Grey) $1,148 upfront, from $47.83 per month for 24-month instalments
- iPhone 8 256GB (Silver, Gold, Space Grey) $1,388 upfront, from $57.83 per month for 24-month instalments
Interested subscribers can register their interest here.
Other things to note
The telcos are all still working on their price plans — two-year contract plans that include the phone bundled together at a subsidised price — but you might not want to wait till then to express your interest or pre-order, because it's entirely possible demand is so high that the telcos close their interest registrations before they release details of those price plans.
(Update: You can see StarHub's contract plan-bundled phone prices on their microsite here.)
If you're not keen on tying yourself down to those contracts and plans, though — since of course we now have options, thanks to Circles.Life and SIM-only plans — expect to pay the full thousand-plus bucks either by ordering direct from the Apple Store or from the telcos (might as well go straight to Apple lah, hor).
While all of this pre-ordering and pre-registering might seem like a hassle, unless you’re JJ Lin and/or may possibly have an iPhone X gifted to you, you’re just going to have to get in line like the rest of us plebes.
So if you're rushing for the iPhone 8, good luck and may the internet gods be on your side.
Top photo: screenshot via Apple website