The arrival of the iPhone 14 later this year will mean that the iPhone 11 will be dropped from Apple’s smartphone lineup, according to a tipster – so if you want the old phone, you’ve got a few months to go. get directly from Apple.
Sources speaking to iDropNews say the iPhone 11 will disappear after the iPhone 14 lineup appears – not only because of its age, but also because it potentially takes sales away from the iPhone SE (2022) that Apple launched in March.
Apparently, the iPhone 11 has outsold the new iPhone SE since the latter arrived. The iPhone SE (2022) is the cheaper model of the pair, but the iPhone 11 has a more modern design and also has an additional camera on the back.
The price is right
At the time of writing, the iPhone 11 starting price on Apple’s website is $499 / £489 / AU$849 with 64GB of storage, up from $429 / £419 / AU$719. AU$ for this year’s iPhone SE with the same 64GB of storage on board.
The same sources say the iPhone 12 will stay on sale for another year, but it will get a price cut – possibly to where the iPhone 11 is right now. Right now, iPhone 12 pricing starts at $699 / £679 / AU$1,199.
It is not uncommon for the iPhone range to be reduced after the launch of a new model. If Apple sticks to its usual schedule this year, then the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max will all see the light of day in September.
Analysis: Apple needs affordable options
The iPhone 13 is a fantastic phone – like all of its predecessors – but there’s no doubt that it’s expensive. You can pick up the standard model for $799 / £779 / AU$1,349, though the mini variant (which may not last until iPhone 14) is a bit cheaper.
With that in mind, for the past few years Apple has kept older iPhones as cheaper alternatives. This makes a lot of sense, considering that iPhones usually have powerful components and are by no means obsolete after 12 months.
Then the original iPhone SE arrived in 2016, based on the look of the iPhone 5. This further reduced the entry price of an iPhone, although you had to accept a rather dated design, thicker glasses and no face ID.
The latest iPhone SE still has the same look, which is perhaps unsurprising given that Apple doesn’t tend to rush into aesthetic changes. What’s important is that cheaper iPhones become available, a strategy that will continue for years to come.