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iPhone trade-in value could drop up to 30% hours after new iPhones are unveiled

Apple will have its next big media event on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Dubbed “By innovation only,” it will be held at 10 a.m. at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, and new iPhones will almost certainly be introduced. This means that the brand’s current devices are set to dramatically drop in trade-in value once the new line-up is announced.

Tech buy back site and refurbished seller, Decluttr, conducted its annual phone depreciation study to reveal that handsets could lose up to 30% in just 24 hours following Apple’s keynote in September.

The iPhone XS which was released last September, and the X, Apple’s 2017 flagship, both launched at the same price: $999. After six months on the market, the X had a trade-in price of $573, and the XS a trade-in price of $557, meaning both depreciated between 43% and 44% respectively in the six months following their launches.

Here’s the current value each iPhone has lost since its respective launch dates, according to Decluttr:

  • iPhone 7 has lost 81% of its value

  • iPhone 8 has lost 65% of its value

  • iPhone 8+ has lost 61% of its value

  • iPhone X has lost 59% of its value

  • iPhone XS has lost 49% of its value

  • iPhone XR has lost 43% of its value

Decluttr also looked at the depreciation rates of Samsung devices for an alternative comparison. With the latest S10 range, out for only a few months, Decluttr found that the S10 has depreciated by 57% and the S10+ by 52%, while at 6 months after launch, the S9 lost 57% of its value and the S9+ 55% of its value.

Here’s the current value each Samsung phone has lost since its respective launch dates:

  • S7 has lost 91% of its value

  • S8 has lost 82% of its value

  • S8+ has lost 81% of its value

  • S9 has lost 77% of its value

  • S9+ has lost 73% of its value

  • S10 has lost 57% of its value

  • S10+ has lost 52% of its value

Interestingly enough, another study Decluttr recently conducted revealed that despite learning that few anticipated updates are coming to the iPhone 11, 82% of people who’ve been considering purchase of the new phone stated that their interest in purchasing the phone either has not changed or has even increased, while one in four iPhone owners said that they plan to purchase the iPhone 11.

So why are these newer devices losing more value than their predecessors? Liam Howley, CMO at Decluttr, comments: “In the past, we’ve seen that devices with higher specs typically tend to hold their values well, however, in the recent set of releases, this hasn’t been the case. The reason for this is mainly a lack of innovation and consumers can’t distinguish between the upgraded features, which leads to them choosing an older generation of the phone when thinking of ‘upgrading’ – because essentially, they can purchase an older version of the phone and it does the same thing, but for a lot cheaper.”

For the full set of Decluttr’s depreciation data, visit:

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.