Why has Apple stopped selling iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone 7, just after announcing iPhone 11?

Apple has always had the trend of stopping the support of its older models. It always served Apple in two ways.

One, they did not have to worry about the new software not being capable of running on older mobile phones and the other was they did not have to spend any money on the support for older models.

Apple has always been announcing the discontinues support of its older models after around 3 to 4 years after the new model was launched.

For instance, in 2016 following the release of iOS 10, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 4S, making iOS 9 the last major iOS version available for the device.

Apple has also kept the list of models available on its website strategically low. It has always helped Apple to keep things simple and keep the control on models they want to gain popularity and, on the models, they want to disappear from the market.

How do they choose which models will carry on being sold and which ones will discontinue is a mystery and the algorithm Apple uses to built this narrative of choosing mobile phones seems to be a secret? Only a few can make assumptions based on the trend.

Apple has software update on all models launched before 2015. It includes the flagship models of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple's website no longer offers the iPhone XS or XS Max, both of which were launched just a year ago.

Apples decided to keep iPhone 8 in its current inventory despite it being an older model than iPhone XS and XS Max.

Since the death of Apple's founder and chief architect of most of the revolutionary models of the iPhone, the company has been practically struggling to create the same kind of excitement among its users.

At the time of his death, it was widely rumored that almost 4 new models which Steve jobs were working on are in pipeline and Apple has few years of innovative models to launch even after his death.

That probably was right because in 2016 when iPhone 7 was released, Apple made some decisions that really damaged Apple's reputation as the market leader. In 2016, Apple announced its iPhone 7 which was supposed to creating a lot of excitement but rather than creating excitement,

the mobile phone became the most controversial iPhone of all time as people had to use the same port for both charging and headphones. It wasn’t perceived positively by iPhone users and should have been dropped in every model after that but Apple decided to keep it as a single port smartphone.

Apple does not share its unit sold data anymore but according to one report, the sales of Apple mobile phones since 2016 are declining year on year. For instance, during the fourth quarter of 2018, global iPhone sales hit 64.5 million units, earning Apple a 15.8% market share during the period.

That was down from 73.2 million-unit sales and 17.9% market share during the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Gartner.

We believe that by keeping in view these figures and the trends, Apple is trying to restructure its product life cycle and its range in accordance to its users rather than trying to compete with other mobile phone manufacturers especially those who try to target every niche in mobile phone manufacturing sector including low-end budget market.

This could be said to be one of the most prominent reasons why Apple wants to focus on a few flagship models and try to capture a massive market share of premium loyal iPhone users.

According to our research, the demand of iPhone 7 and models below that has declined significantly which has pressed the selling price of iPhone 7 and models below that. So if you have an iPhone 7, it would be a good idea to sell it now rather than waiting any longer as the price will drop more in the next coming months.

After the launch of iPhone 11, the demand of all older models have reduced remarkably that’s why when you sell iPhone 7 or sell iPhone 8, you get far less quote as compared to what was being offered a year or so ago.  There is a remarkable difference when it comes to selling broken iPhones and selling broken Samsung mobile phones. If you trade in iPhone 7 with a broken screen you are quoted much more than what you are being quoted when you try to sell a broken Samsung s7. The same is the case when you recycle iPhone 8 with a broken screen. Because most of the faults are related to broken screens. The broken screens are cheap to get fixed if they are of an iPhone.

Can I sell my iPhone 7 with a broken screen?

Mobile phones, in general, should be sold when not in use because due to massive improvements and advancements in technology these mobile phones lose their worth because they are less desirable. For instance, just 2 years ago, before the launch of the iPhone X, the value of the iPhone 7 was much more than the iPhone 7 trade-in value today. Although the iPhone 7 trade-in price drop can’t be said to be sudden it has been gradual. Just the day when Apple announced the launch of the iPhone X, Apple dropped the price of the iPhone 8 for more than £100. This also impacted when users tried to sell iPhone 8 plus and sell used iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 trade-in have really been negatively affected after the launch of the iPhone 11, although iPhone still sells the mobile phone the demand has dropped significantly especially after Apple has launched more than 6 mobile phones after the iPhone 8 within the span of 2 years or so.  Because of that, iPhone 8 recycle price is far less in the case where the mobile phone is broken. Before iPhone 8 all iPhones were full metal whereas iPhone 8 has a glass back and if its smashed the quote is further deducted but this is not the case when it comes to iPhone 7 plus trade-in.

One of the reasons why the iPhone 8 plus trade-in price is dropped significantly is the fact that all newer models are smaller than iPhone 8 Plus but provide a bigger screen. Having said that, recycle iPhone 8 plus before it loses any more of its value.



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