Will Iphones Get Cheaper? Facing an unprecedented worldwide slowdown, Apple is likely to adjust the prices on its upcoming iPhone 12 lineup. Unfortunately, don’t let the headlines fool you. These are modest price changes, at best, and probably not enough to save the company from experiencing deep losses this year due to COVID-19.
Matching with previous rumors, Apple leaker Jon Prosser says the company will reveal four new handsets this fall. Taking to Twitter on Thursday morning, he says these models will range in price from $649 for the least expensive “iPhone 12” to $1,099 for the cheapest “iPhone 11 Pro Max.”
Will Iphones Get Cheaper
The tentative models are all expected to feature OLED and 5G capabilities and improved internals. These likely will include:
- iPhone 12, 5.4-inches w/two rear cameras, $649
- iPhone 12 Plus, 6.1-inches, w/two rear cameras, $749
- iPhone 12 Pro, 6.1-inches, w/three rear cameras and LiDAR, $999
- iPhone 12 Pro Max, 6.7-inches, w/three rear cameras and LiDAR, $1,099.
As a comparison, here are the starting prices for the current iPhone 11 series phones plus the 2018 iPhone XR, which is still on sale:
- iPhone XR, 6.1-inches, w/one rear camera, LCD, $599
- iPhone 11, 6.1-inches, w/two rear cameras, LCD, $699
- iPhone 11 Pro, 5.8-inches, w/three rear cameras, OLED, $999
- iPhone 11 Pro Max, 6.5-inches, w/three rear cameras, OLED, $1,099
More features, mostly the same price
Assuming Prosser’s numbers are correct, and his track record suggests they are, Apple’s fall plans aren’t centered around price breaks. Instead, it’s going to offer many more features at similar price points. You can see this when you compare current versus proposed models. Notice, these aren’t discounts, folks.
- For $50 more than the iPhone XR, iPhone 12 buyers will receive a better display, an additional camera, and 5G.
- Add $50 more than the current iPhone 11, and iPhone 12 Plus buyers will receive an improved screen and 5G.
According to Prosser, there are no price changes incoming for this year’s Pro models. However, there are significant feature changes coming.
- Starting at $999, iPhone 12 Pro customers get a larger display compared to the iPhone 11 Pro, plus 5G and LiDAR.
- At $1,099 and higher, iPhone 12 Pro Max customers also get a larger screen, 5G, and LiDAR.
We still don’t know the storage options Apple plans to offer for this year’s lineup. The company has always been stingy when it comes to iPhone storage, both in what it offers and how much it charges from one option to the next. With no price hike on this year’s Pro models, coupled with impressive upgrades, I don’t expect any change to storage offerings in 2020. This news means no 1TB iPhone for another year.
Another point so far without an answer is what Apple plans to do about its current iPhone lineup. The recently released iPhone SE (2020) isn’t going anywhere, of course, and the iPhone XR is almost certainly going bye-bye in the fall. The future for the other three models is unknown.
Were Apple to keep any of the iPhone 11 models around after this fall, they’d need to have a price above the iPhone SE (2020) and below the cheapest iPhone 12, which is at $329 and $599, respectively.
The most likely candidate for this slot is the iPhone 11, which means the end of the iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max. This decision makes sense and would match what Apple did last fall when it announced the iPhone 11 series. Then, the iPhone XR stuck around while Apple ended the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus.
An unusual move
I still believe the company’s best option would be to delay any iPhone 12 launch until 2021. From a practical perspective, however, I can see why Apple probably isn’t going down this path. And yet, releasing four new phones this fall sound inappropriate, given that millions of would-be iPhone buyers are now out of work because of COVID-19.
My best bet: Without a substantial economic revival in the coming months, watch for Apple to discount the new iPhones once the holiday season is over.
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But in and around all the freak and fanboy fuss was a quiet, wistful voice. This voice tweeted, “I’d really love an iPhone, but I can’t pay even $400. If only there was a $200 iPhone.”
The $400 phone my Twitterer mentioned is the iPhone SE, refreshed this last spring. It’s essentially an iPhone 8, with a faster processor. For a relatively modern iPhone, shipped new from the factory, it’s not a bad deal at all.
But it’s still twice as expensive than my Twitter tweeter can take.
What about an older phone? Clearly, iOS will run on a lot of older, and therefore cheaper phones. But is it a good idea?
iOS 13 and 14 support iPhones back to my cherished 6s Plus (the 6s is also supported). I’m still carrying my iPhone 6s Plus, which it works without fail on iOS 13. I haven’t upgraded it to iOS 14 only because of reports that iOS 14 is apparently still quite fussy on many phones. I usually wait until most of the bugs are ironed out to apply an update. I usually know it’s safe when Adrian Kingsley-Hughes stops writing “this version sucks” articles for a given new release.
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Using a four- or five-year-old phone is not necessarily a bad idea. I fully intend to keep using my five-year-old iPhone for as long as it keeps running.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR
Contrary to what some people may think, the most important factor is not OS version. The most important factor isn’t speed or even hardware features.
The most important factor is app compatibility. Granted, there may be a few apps, like lidar-enabled scanning apps, that require the purchase of a new phone to use new sensors. But most apps will run on most phones – at least most phones with a relatively modern OS.
The one issue to keep in mind is that once an OS version is no longer supported by Apple, developers tend to devote less time and attention to ensuring compatibility. So while nearly all apps out now will support iOS 13 and 14, some will start breaking on earlier OS versions.
Generally, you can expect three or four years of support from app vendors after an OS version no longer ships. That’s because their code base has often been written for those older versions. But as the code changes, and as updates are pushed out, sometimes that compatibility begins to diminish over time.
What that means is that if you’re buying an old iPhone with a relatively current OS, you’ll have one to three years where you can be pretty sure all your apps will run. You just won’t have, probably, four or five years, or more.
WHAT IPHONE TO GET?
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The oldest model supported by iOS 14, the latest and greatest, is the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. I haven’t tested my 6s Plus on iOS 14, but it runs like a champ on 13. I use the heck out of my phone, so I’d know if there were any issues. There aren’t.
That means you can choose to pick up any iPhone from the 6s onward. It’s just a matter of price and availability.
WHAT PHONES ARE UNDER $200?
Used iPhone prices vary considerably depending on where you buy them. That said, you’re unlikely to find anything other than an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or original SE for sale for less than $200. That means you’re definitely limiting your purchasing.
WHERE TO BUY?
Let’s rule out Apple right away. Apple does have a refurb store, but they only have the X, XS, and XS Max on offer. The least expensive refurb phone Apple sells is $549.VIEW NOW AT APPLE
Amazon has a certified renewed set of offerings, which the company says, “have been inspected and tested by qualified suppliers to work and look like new, and come with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee.” It took a little digging, but I did find an iPhone 7 for $178, although it only had 32GB of storage.
Amazon has a certified renewed set of offerings, which the company says, “have been inspected and tested by qualified suppliers to work and look like new, and come with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee.” It took a little digging, but I did find an iPhone 7 for $178, although it only had 32GB of storage.VIEW NOW AT AMAZON
Then there’s eBay. In my quick search, I did find a wide array of iPhones under $200, including quite a few 6s varieties under $99. That said, it is eBay, so caveat emptor. If you want to go the eBay route, read these two excellent CNET articles on the subject:
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Another useful resource is our phone trade-in guide, which spotlights companies that buy used phones (and then resell them). Each company is different, but you might find yourself finding something with a decent price from them, especially for the older phones.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The bottom line is simple. You are definitely better off getting a new phone from Apple. You know what you’re getting, and you know you’ll be able to use it for five or so years.
But, if you can’t afford or don’t want to spend Apple-level money, you can still get an iPhone. You’ll have to make some sacrifices in functionality and speed, and you’ll have to take something of a risk purchasing (if you don’t use an established vendor). But under $200 iPhones are out there. They will do the job quite well, at least for the next year or so.