While a slew of new iPhones are coming in, several models are going out. This year, Apple pulled the plug on a few well-known standbys to make way for the iPhone 13, if MacRumors points out.
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have disappeared from Apple’s online store outside of the refurb models. This is common for Pro models when the lineup is refreshed, even if they ship less than a year. If you absolutely must spend over $1,000 on a brand new iPhone that isn’t the iPhone 13 (or you love that dark blue colorway), your options today are carriers and third-party stores.
While the devices are likely to show up as low-cost options from time to time in places like Woot, Apple’s retail option cuts the possibility of buying last year’s high-end model for a little less rather than picking the latest and greatest — what, in the case of the iPhone 13 Pro, contains specific bumps throughout.
The other model that no longer makes it is the iPhone XR. Introduced in 2018 as a cheaper LCD-equipped alternative to the iPhone XS, it stuck around as a mid-priced device with the Neural Engine, second-generation Face ID, and plenty of colors to choose from.
The arrival of the iPhone XR coincided with the disappearance of the last iPhones with headphone jacks. While this year’s transition isn’t nearly as dramatic, it does include a shift in the cheaper options in the lineup.
The iPhone XR was available for $499 unlocked, but the price of the iPhone 11 has dropped by $100 to cover the slot. At the launch of the iPhone 11, Apple said the newer device offered up to an hour of extra battery life over its predecessor, the U1 ultra-wideband chip to find things and a newer A13 Bionic CPU. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini also received $100 price cuts from Apple, bringing their starting prices to $699 and $599, respectively. The iPhone SE remains $399.
As for the new Pro devices, they aren’t cheaper, but once the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max ship on the 24th, they’ll offer high-refresh-rate displays, a new camera system, and improvements to the CPU and GPU.