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Thinking about buying a new? It may be in your best interest to hold off a few days. is set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, where it’s expected to announce the alongside other products such as the . Even if you have no interest in the newest iPhone, Apple will probably lower the prices of certain older models, meaning a little patience could save you a bundle of cash.
The latest rumors suggest that theafter this event. While we don’t yet have any concrete information — so far we only have — keeping this timing in mind could be helpful when determining whether it’s time to wait for that new device or to buy an or instead.
Apple’s iPhone 14 is probably launching soon
If Apple maintains its current pattern, it will likely announce theat the Sept. 7 event alongside and launch it in the second half of the month. For example, Apple debuted the iPhone 13 on Sept. 14 before making it available in stores on Sept. 24. Timing was similar for the , and earlier models.
That said, there have been some exceptions. Theand launched in October 2020, while the 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max became available in November that same year. The also launched in November 2017.
As for what to expect from the iPhone 14, rumors indicate the Pro model could have an upgraded notch-free look. Apple is also rumored to release of the standard iPhone 14.and a new
Read a more in-depth analysis of when we think the iPhone 14 will launch based on Apple’s history.
Older iPhones might get cheaper
Don’t care about having the newest iPhone? You should still wait. Apple usually reduces the prices of previous iPhone models when introducing new models, just like it did with. The 64GB iPhone 12, for example, got a price cut to $700 from $800 after the iPhone 13 was announced. The iPhone 11, meanwhile, dropped to $500 in 2021.
This year’s iPhone launch could be even better for those who would rather save money on an older model. If Apple follows 2021’s pattern, it will likely keep theand 12 Mini in its lineup and drop the Mini’s price to $500. That’s significant, because it would make the iPhone 12 Mini one of the cheapest 5G iPhones available. Yes, the is cheaper at $430 and also supports 5G. However, it also comes with a much smaller screen than Apple’s other phones, only has one main camera (most new phones have two) and lacks Face ID.
While 5G isn’t a necessity, it’s a good idea to make sure your next phone has 5G if you plan on keeping it for the next three years as those networks continue to develop. You can read more about whether it’s OK to buy a non-5G phone in 2022.
If you really need an iPhone right now
Not everyone is in a position to wait. If you really need a new iPhone right now and want to save a few bucks, consider buying. Apple offers that come with a one-year warranty. Apple says these previously owned devices are inspected, cleaned and include the option to extend customer service with an AppleCare plan.
You can also check for refurbished models on websites like Gazelle and Amazon, which will have their own disclosures on device condition and terms for warranty length. (, too.)
For more, check out our guide to figuring out.