The iPhone 13 is here, and with many additions such as improved battery life and a smaller notch, there are plenty of improvements that will undoubtedly make iOS users upgrade. But the launch of a new iPhone has also traditionally been accompanied by the removal of several devices from Apple’s smartphone lineup, and this year is not an expectation.
Four new devices join the iPhone range: iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It’s no surprise that Apple needs to free up inventory space. After all, Apple only has a limited number of devices it can make at a time, so the launch of the iPhone 13 line means some older models are doomed to the ball.
While the introduction of a new iPhone is always an existing opportunity, it’s still a little sad to see some of our old favorite models being rejected. Additionally, this halting wave of iPhones includes a model that has been in place for almost three years. Here are the phones killed due to the release of the iPhone 13.
These iPhones remain
While a shiny new trio of iPhone 13 devices will launch next week, some older phones will stick around a bit longer to provide consumers with a more affordable way to shop in the iOS ecosystem.
The outgoing flagship iPhone 12 will unsurprisingly continue to be available. The iPhone 12 was a significant step forward for the device, and even a year after its release, it remains a very convincing smartphone. Its standard price has also fallen to just $ 699, which is $ 100 less than its pre-iPhone 13 price.
The iPhone 12 mini will also continue to be on sale, likely because Apple has a large inventory of spare parts based on low sales reports. This will cost from $ 599, which is again $ 100 off the base price.
To keep the iPhone family able to compete with mid-range Android devices, the 2019 iPhone 11 is also going to stay. It is certainly no longer at the cutting edge of smartphone technology, but it is still a worthwhile investment for those who are a few generations behind. It fell to $ 499, which is $ 100 less than its previous price.
The most affordable iPhone, the iPhone SE, will also continue to be part of the lineup. This device is a great iOS smartphone for those on a budget, and it stays at its previous price of $ 399.
These iPhones are killed
Sadly, not all iPhones survive this series of cuts intact, and a few old favorites will be saying goodbye as they enter the clearance phase of their lifecycle.
Farewell to the premium members of the iPhone 12 family: iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Their shelving is no surprise as these are devices designed primarily for tech enthusiasts, and the majority of them will likely be the first to adopt the iPhone 13.
However, we expect the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to continue to be sold by carriers and retailers, likely at reduced prices.
This year also marks the end of the iPhone XR. This more affordable version of the iPhone X first released in 2018 and was the first introduction by many users to the now standard Super Retina display on the iPhone. We will always remember you fondly iPhone XR!
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