In most western countries, the big telcos will be selling the iPhone XS and XS Max from 21 September.
It's no different with Spark, one of New Zealand's top telcos, which naturally has the new iPhones available on pre-order right now, and will sell them from 21 September, and will presumably be set to offer the iPhone XR in late October.
It's a slightly different story with the Apple Watch, however, which you can see from Spark's existing Apple Watch Series 3 page where the LTE version of Series 3 isn't offered, and Spark only mentions the GPS, non-LTE version of the Apple Watch Series 4 being available.
I'm really looking forward to seeing and using the new Series 4 with its larger screen, and 64-bit processor for ever faster apps, and now that we have a smarter Siri, you really do have a powerful computer on your wrist that is more voice controlled than ever.
Pair it up with AirPods, and your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods are the perfect interconnected system. Add an iPad and a Mac and you're in Apple ecosystem nirvana.
The new iPhones are exciting, too – bigger screens, better cameras, faster processors, a smarter Siri, better neural processing capabilities, faster wireless charging and much, much more.
The prices in NZ dollars are even higher than in Australia, due to the NZ dollar being a little weaker than the Australian dollar.
So while there are obviously plans, as you can see here with the XS, the outright price of the XS in 64GB is NZ$1899, 128GB is NZ$2199 and 256GB is NZ$2599.
Meanwhile, the XS Max pre-order page is here. The outright price of the XS Max in 64GB is NZ$2099, 128GB is NZ$2399 and 256GB is NZ$2799, which with AppleCare, a case and screen protector will presumably go over NZ$3000.
If you haven't seen the keynote yet, what are you waiting for! Tech company keynotes and especially Apple's are amazing to watch, especially if you're someone reading this article, make some time to watch a keynote – you'll be very glad you did!
So... if a new iPhone is in your future, and you're in New Zealand, there's one telco that hopes to spark your interest in you becoming a very happy customer, and you know which one that is!
Here is Apple's big news in a 108 seconds commercial:
Here is the September 2018 iPhone and Apple Watch keynote in full: