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iPhone 12 is coming. Here are 3 ways to prepare your phone right now



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Get ready for iPhone 12 now instead of waiting until the last minute.

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It’s October and Apple is breaking new ground without having announced a new iPhone. Usually Apple announces new iPhone models in September, but this year it looks different. We now expect Apple to announce that iPhone 12 on October 13th or 14th (here is the reason). The delay isn’t really a surprise Apple has announced this year’s release date will be a few weeks later than usual.

Current Rumors point to several new iPhone 12 models, maybe even one iPhone 12 Mini, with a new design (dark blue color?), 5G connectivity and improved performance.

With this year’s launch approaching, it’s not too early to prep your phone now if you plan on upgrading. Below are some steps you can and should take today to prepare for the iPhone 12 or a new iPhone.

Test your apps and photos

I admit this is not a fun job, but it is a necessary one. Sit down and go through all of the apps installed on your phone. Delete the apps that you no longer use. Then go through the Photos app and delete any random screenshots, photos, and videos that you’ve been sticking to for no reason.

Your iPhone will feel less cluttered and you will free up storage space and reduce the storage space you need to back up your phone. Another benefit is that it will take less time to restore your new iPhone during setup.

Get rid of the clutter.

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Make sure your phone is backed up regularly

It’s easy to ignore the messages informing you that you have run out of iCloud storage and that your phone is no longer backed up. However, you will want a backup plan when it is time to switch phones.

When you run out of iCloud storage space, there are a few things you can do: pay for more storage space, change what you backed up, or use your computer to back it up.

We have a Guide to walk you through all of these iPhone backup options, along with the pros and cons of each option.

Don’t wait for your new iPhone to appear before tackling backups. If you’re like me, you get impatient and set up your phone without restoring it, which causes a headache and ends up costing you more time.

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The iPhone 12 will surely start with iOS 14 already installed.

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Part of an upgrade program? Check your status

If you’re using an upgrade program from Apple or your carrier, it’s a good idea to check how many payments you have left before you’re eligible to upgrade your iPhone.

I bought one iPhone 11 Pro max on the launch day through Apple’s upgrade program, and I am already eligible for the upgrade because I made the required 12 monthly device payments. If the iPhone 12 starts up a few weeks later than normal, you might find yourself in the same situation.

If you purchased your phone from a wireless service provider as part of a payment plan, sign in to your account or call customer service to verify your eligibility. If you bought your phone through Apple’s upgrade program, you can check the status using the Apple Store app on your phone.

Depending on when you upgraded to your current iPhone, you may need to make another payment (or more) before you can upgrade. Knowing what that amount is now is a good way to budget for the upcoming upgrade.

The new iPhone will start with iOS 14 There is lots of new and exciting features in the update, which will also make its official debut this fall. My personal favorite so far? The redesigned start screen, complete with widgets.


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