We’re less than a month away from the iPhone 14 launch event. If a recent rumor is accurate, you’ll have your chosen iPhone 14 flavor in your hands around this time next month. But what happens to Apple’s $499 iPhone 11 once the $799 iPhone 14 arrives?
Logic dictates that Apple is retiring the 2019 iPhone, the oldest iPhone model currently sold by Apple. This is according to the unofficial rules for selling iPhones that Apple has used for years. At the same time, we have to acknowledge that Apple is making a significant change to its iPhone sales manual with the massive differentiation between the iPhone 14 Pro models and the non-Pro variants.
With that in mind, there’s a case to keep the iPhone 11 in stock and selling it for $399 this year, albeit a small one.
Current rumors say that the price of the iPhone 14 will start at $799, matching the price of the iPhone 13. However, there won’t be a cheaper mini this year. And the same leaks indicate that the price of the iPhone 14 Pro will start at $1,099. Overall, Apple is raising the price of the iPhone 14 series, despite keeping the entry price at $799.
This is also why Apple differentiates the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models so much this year.
Apple’s pricing structure: iPhone 11 to iPhone 14
In other words, we have already explained that the $799 iPhone 14 will be the equivalent of an improved iPhone 13 Pro. Apple never keeps the old Pro in stores after the first year. If so, the iPhone 13 Pro would start at $899 once the iPhone 14 series is discontinued. That’s what makes the $799 iPhone 14 so exciting.
Additionally, Apple will reduce the prices of its older models by $100 across the board. That’s where the $499 iPhone 11 comes in.
Apple is selling the iPhone 11 for $499 right now, ahead of the iPhone 14 launch. The handset is only $70 more than the new iPhone SE 3. And it’s $200 more affordable than the iPhone 12 same size. Notice, starting with iPhone 12, Apple changed iPhone pricing to automatically include savings worth $30. The total price for the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 base model is $729, not $699.
At $499, the iPhone 11 competes directly with brand new midrange Android handsets that can’t match the performance and reliability of the 2019 handset. The iPhone 11 is still a great iPhone to use in 2022, although that it is too old by some standards.
You might want to buy Apple’s latest and greatest phone this year. This means one of four iPhone 14 models that Apple is about to introduce. Or you’ll want to opt for the cheaper non-iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 Pro which Apple will continue to stock after the iPhone 14 arrives.
These handsets will be $100 cheaper than current prices. Therefore, they will start at $699 and $599, respectively, with the $30 carrier offers applied.
A $399 iPhone 11 is going to be a bargain
But if Apple were to keep the iPhone 11 in stock for another year, it would have to cut the price to $399. And that would just be a terrific price for a device that can still hold its own.
The iPhone 11 might not be for you, but it could be the first new phone you give your child. Or the all-new smartphone upgrade your parents will appreciate. A brand new iPhone 11 with a healthy battery would be a better deal than passing a used iPhone to a young teenager or a parent who is still proficient with smartphones.
The phone has great specs and camera features, and the iPhone 11 is expected to run the latest version of iOS for several years to come. At $399, the iPhone 11 will be one of the best investments you can make.
However, Apple is unlikely to continue selling the iPhone 11. But even then, third-party retailers with iPhone 11 stock will have to cut prices. Because the iPhone 12 mini will only cost $499 this year, again with carrier deals applied.
I’ll note that the iPhone 11 is the odd exception in Apple’s lineup right now, not including the iPhone SE 3. It’s the only flagship iPhone to feature an LCD display instead of OLED. It is also the only model that does not support 5G connectivity. These are things to consider, but not dealbreakers, depending on who will use this $399 iPhone deal.
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