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Many of you’ve asked if Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12, and the iPhone 13 after the September event where the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will be unveiled. Today I want to tell you what I know about it, what Apple is discussing internally, and what might happen.
However, let me say that what I’m going to tell you isn’t definitive yet. I asked my sources what they know about it, and they shared a few things but also added that Apple is considering different options – so this isn’t a confirmation of what’ll happen, but rather an indication of what you should expect. Let’s get started!
iPhone 11 ?
The iPhone 11 is out. Most of my sources agree on that. It doesn’t look like Apple will continue to sell this device. It’s somewhat old and competes directly with the new iPhone SE, which Apple doesn’t like.
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In fact, some people familiar with the matter even claim that the iPhone 11 has sold “more than average” since the iPhone SE was announced, and that makes perfect sense.
Think about it – the average Joe doesn’t care about the A15 or 5G; he just wants a phone. Let’s say you’re the average Joe and you walk into an Apple Store. Would you buy the 2014-looking iPhone for $429 or spend $70 more and buy the larger iPhone that “looks” like the latest model and has two cameras?
I don’t know about you, but if I had to choose between one or the other and had no idea about the specs, I’d buy the iPhone 11 any day of the week.
iPhone 12 ?
The iPhone 12 could stay on the market for another year. It does well and is cheap to manufacture. It’s actually a good device for Apple because its price is neither high enough to compete with the latest models nor low enough to compete with the new iPhone SE. It’s a pretty good mid-range phone with a great display, a fantastic processor, and a reasonable price.
I don’t expect Apple to stop selling it this year. I expect they’ll drop the price to $599, which would be great for iPhone users who want a great phone without the $999 price tag.
My sources don’t know anything about the iPhone 12 mini yet, and while it would make sense for Apple to continue selling it, it would be a very big competitor for the new iPhone SE, and Apple wants to avoid that at all costs.
My guess is that Apple will sell it for $499, but very quietly, to avoid the situation where one customer goes to the Apple Store originally wanting to buy the iPhone SE, but then opts for the iPhone 12 mini because it looks better.
If I had to bet, I’d say that Apple will train its employees to offer the iPhone SE as a much more advanced iPhone than the 12 mini to avoid that.
iPhone 13 ?
Last but not least is the iPhone 13. I can confirm that it’ll stay on the market for a few more years. The iPhone 13 mini will also continue to be sold by Apple.
Great phones; I don’t have anything bad to say about them, I have the 13 Pro and love it, and while it’s not technically the same, the user experience between the two models is pretty similar. In my opinion, Apple should lower the price by $100 and sell it in the Apple Store along with the other models.
Apple assumes that there will be supply shortages for the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. Therefore, offering more models at a reduced price could help Apple cope with the high demand for the new iPhones.
Apple is seriously discussing this issue because it doesn’t want iPhone 14 Pro buyers to have to wait three or more months for their devices.
The company will continue to discuss this topic, and I’ll update you as soon as I learn more details. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. I hope you found this article helpful. As always, have a fantastic day.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]