As part of its yearly tradition, Apple is discontinuing older iPhone models in an effort to persuade customers to buy its newest smartphones.
The company has taken down four iPhone models from its online store. These include last year’s flagship phones, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, as well as the smaller iPhone 13 Mini from 2021 and the standard iPhone 12 from 2020.
Apple made this move after unveiling the iPhone 15 during an event on Tuesday. As of now, the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are still available for purchase.
It’s common for Apple to remove older products from its lineup when introducing new devices. Following last year’s iPhone 14 launch, they discontinued the iPhone 13 Pro models, the iPhone 12 Mini, and the iPhone 11.
Can you still buy the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Mini, and iPhone 12?
Although you can no longer buy them directly from Apple, these four iPhones are still in stock at other retailers such as Amazon, Currys, and Carphone Warehouse.
Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Mini are priced at £599 each, making them considerably more affordable than the new iPhone 15, which starts at £799.
The iPhone 14 Pro starts at £1,039, making it slightly more expensive than the £999 base iPhone 15 Pro. However, potential buyers can anticipate discounts in the near future since older iPhone models typically see price reductions when new ones are released.
On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at £1,139, compared to £1,199 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
All four discontinued iPhones are compatible with 5G and will support Apple’s upcoming iOS 17 mobile operating system, set to be released to the public on September 18.
For more details about these phones, including their specifications, you can refer to our ranking of the best iPhones currently available.
The iPhone 15 will be available in stores starting September 22.
Apple Says Goodbye to Leather
Smartphones weren’t the only products affected on Tuesday. Apple also announced that it will cease selling leather accessories such as Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In their place, Apple is introducing a new material called FineWoven, which is made from 68% post-consumer recycled content. Apple claims that it offers a “suede-like feel.”
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