The iPhone 11 was launched back in 2019, and it’s still available on the Apple website. Here’s why it’s likely to be discontinued later this year.
Following the launch of the iPhone 14 in September, Apple might discontinue one of its most popular iPhone models, the iPhone 11. At the moment, the iPhone 11 is the oldest model that’s available to purchase on Apple’s website. While the standard iPhone numbered models remain on sale years after their launch, the Pro variants are discontinued sooner. The iPhone 11 Pro and the more recent iPhone 12 Pro are no longer available to buy through the official Apple website.
The iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS display. Under the hood, the smartphone features Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset, seen on newer devices such as the iPad (9th Generation) and Apple Studio Display. While Apple launched the iPhone 11 with iOS 13, it is upgradable to the latest iOS 15.4.1. At its price, the iPhone 11 provides a versatile camera setup that can shoot wide-angle shots and high-quality videos.
According to a recent iDropNews report, Apple might discontinue the iPhone 11 after launching iPhone 14 later this year. The report notes that Apple tends to discontinue iPhones after they complete a three-year production cycle. For example, the iPhone 7 was launched in 2016 and discontinued by the company in 2019. Apple stopped manufacturing the iPhone 8 in April 2020, roughly three years after its launch in September 2017. The iPhone XR was launched in 2018 and discontinued in 2021. Given that the iPhone 11 was introduced in 2019, it seems likely that Apple will take it off the shelves in 2022.
A Better Option Than The iPhone SE 3
Apple recently launched the iPhone SE 3 for $429, making it the most affordable iPhone in its portfolio. For the price, users get the powerful A15 Bionic chipset seen on the iPhone 13 series and 5G connectivity. Unfortunately, with thick bezels surrounding the tiny 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the iPhone SE 3 looks outdated in 2022. On the other hand, users can pay $70 more for the iPhone 11, which has an edge-to-edge display, Face ID authentication, and dual cameras. The report from iDropNews quotes sources who claim that the iPhone 11 has sold “more than average” since the iPhone SE 3’s launch. If the phone has been impacting the iPhone SE 3’s sales, that’s all the more reason for Apple to discontinue the older model.
Although the iPhone 11 is powerful, it misses out on some of the newer features introduced by Apple, including MagSafe and Face ID with a mask, both of which are limited to the iPhone 12 and newer models. Additionally, the iPhone 11 is the only iPhone on Apple’s website that does not support 5G connectivity. To sum up, it does look like Apple could discontinue the iPhone 11 once it launches the iPhone 14. This means it will stop manufacturing the phone and remove it from its online store. However, those who already own the iPhone 11 won’t be impacted, since the device will continue to receive iOS updates for at least a few more years.
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