4 reasons not to pre-order the iPhone Xs and 3 reasons why you should

There are good reasons to pre-order an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max as soon as they go on sale, but there are also a few reasons why you might want to skip an iPhone Xs pre-order on September 14.

After weeks of rumors and leaks, Apple has finally confirmed the iPhone Xs release date. As expected, the devices will go on sale in the US and countries around the world on September 21.

The devices won't hit shelves until next week, but you can order an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max a few days before the devices officially hit shelves.

iPhone Xs pre-orders begin at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on September 14. Apple will sell the phones on its website, and the company's carrier and retail partners will also take iPhone X pre-orders starting Friday. If you really want an iPhone Xs next week, you'll probably want to stay awake and place a pre-order.

On paper, both devices look like strong contenders for Smartphone of the Year. In particular, the iPhone Xs Max is intriguing because it pairs Face ID with a massive 6.5-inch edge-to-edge display.

Of course, if you want the bigger iPhone Xs model, you'll have to shell out over $1,000. The base model starts at $1099. Spending $1,000 or more on a product you haven't got your hands on is a tough choice for many people. $1000 is a lot of money for a lot of people.

There are also good reasons to consider placing a pre-order. Apple hasn't said anything, but we expect many iPhone Xs models to sell out soon after preorders begin.

Apple and its partners will have inventory available at physical outlets on September 21, but that inventory is generally unpredictable and we often see people walk away empty-handed after waiting in line.

In this guide, we'll help you make a decision about a pre-order. You'll want to keep these reasons in mind when trying to decide what to do with your time and money.