You’re planning to buy your first smartphone. Switch to Android Or maybe you are looking forward to it. Upgrade from your current model You probably have your eyes on these things The newest iPhone. No matter what your situation, you want to make the best decision and purchase the most recent and greatest version. The question is when will the new iPhone be available?
When will the new iPhone be available?
It’s not easy to predict when the new iPhone will be released. At least, it won’t be until Apple announces a release date. However, history can help you make an educated guess.
The most likely time that new iPhone models will be released in September or October each year. We’ll have to wait and see if there are any exceptions.
Based on the dates of previous iPhones, we can conclude this:
|iPhone 13 Pro Max,
iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini: Sept. 24, 2021
|iPhone 12 Pro Max:
Nov. 13, 2020
iPhone 12 Pro:
Oct. 23, 2020
Oct. 23, 2020
iPhone 12 Mini
Nov. 13, 2020
|iPhone SE 2
iPhone 11 Pro:
Sept. 20, 2019
Sept. 20, 2019
Oct. 19, 2018
Sept. 21, 2018
Nov. 3, 2017
|iPhone 8 series: Sept. 22, 2017||iPhone SE:
March 31, 2016
|iPhone 7 series:
Sept. 16, 2016
|iPhone 6S series: Sept. 25, 2015
iPhone 6 series: Sept. 19, 2014
|iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C:
Sept. 20, 2013
Sept. 21, 2012
Oct. 14, 2011
June 24, 2010
June 19, 2009
You can see that the initial four iPhones were launched in June or July. With the iPhone 4S, this changed. This is likely due to new iPad models being released in March and April, as well as Apple’s inability to release flagship products at the same time (though these cycles have become more predictable in recent years).
Although it wasn’t clear at the time if the iPhone 4S would be available in the fall, the September release and subsequent models of the iPhone 5 and all other models that followed it, make it likely that all new iPhone models will be available in fall.
The iPhone SE is the exception to the Fall Release Plan
Although the fall release schedule for new iPhones has been consistent for five years, the release of the iPhone SE on March 31, 2016, reaffirmed that pattern. Apple will probably take a while to release a successor to its SE. It will be difficult to determine if we should expect a new iPhone in March, or if the SE will join the fall upgrade cycles.
With the launch of the second-generation iPhone SE, in April 2020, Apple supported the idea that there might be a new iPhone every so often. Apple seems to view spring as a time for lower-cost iPhones. However, it is four years since the last model. It is not possible to expect that every year a new SE would be released.
A Temporary Exception The iPhone XR and iPhone X
With its November release date, the iPhone X is an exception. However, it’s likely that this date will not last. Rumors claimed that Apple had to delay the release of the iPhone X until November because it was having difficulty manufacturing certain components. We predict that future versions of the iPhone X will be released in September as these components become more easily manufactured. The iPhone X was also announced in September, even though it didn’t hit the streets until November.
Throwing a slight wrench into the new iPhone-every-September rule is also the iPhone XR, with its October release date. Despite this, the model was announced in September at the same time that the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS Max. People were aware of the model and could wait until October to purchase it if they desired.
What time should you upgrade?
Another important question is when you should wait to upgrade to a new iPhone model.
We can confidently say that new iPhone models will be released every September. Therefore, it is a good idea to wait until mid-September to upgrade if you plan to do so. It’s not worth spending a lot of money on a phone that will be obsolete in a few months or weeks. If you can wait, how could you get the latest thing?
The longevity of your current phone will determine whether it can survive. If it is broken or malfunctioning, it may not last as long. But if you have the option to wait until fall, go for it. Then you can get the new iPhone.
What happens to older models?
Everyone wants the latest and greatest. However, it is worth looking at what happens to older models when Apple releases new models. Most of the time, the top-of-the-line model from last year is still available at a lower price.
Apple discontinued the iPhone 6 series when it introduced the iPhone 7 series. However, the 6S and SE were still available, while the 6S was priced at $100 less. If you are looking for a bargain but want to upgrade, it is a smart idea to wait for Apple to release a new model, then grab last year’s top model at a lower price.