12 weeks prior to the iPhone 7 September launch, the iPhone 6s has preserved most of its retail value on the resale market


It looks like the slightly aged iPhone 6s and 6s Plus still hold respectable resale values, even as the iPhone 7's impending launch keeps drumming up hype. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported that Apple's current flagship smartphones hold no less than 78% of their retail price on the second-hand market. According to Munster, this illustrates that the iPhone business remains in a healthy state.

Moreover, he believes that reserved expectations about the iPhone 7's sales potential could let Apple outperform analyst estimates. Munster maintains that iPhone 7 sales equal to those of the iPhone 6 (it's not clear whether he refers to the launch period or sales up to this point) will account for double-digit sales growth during the first half of 2017.

The optimistic analyst noted that the fourth, fifth, and sixth-generation iPhones outperformed the S&P 500 index by a 14% average within 12 weeks of product launch. Coincidentally, he claims that the iPhone 7's launch is no more than 12 weeks away. Judging by leaked material and well-informed reports, the handset won't introduce substantial changes to the sixth-generation iPhone formula. Apple is supposedly reserving its cutting-edge technologies for its September 2017 flagship, which could introduce a new design direction with glass back and a curved OLED display.

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66 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

SURFACE PHONE is more intresting

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

iPhone 8 is more interesting!

25. Papa_Ji

Posts: 832; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Keep dreaming... SAMSUNG foldable smartphone/tablet and SURFACE PHONE will kill iPhone 8 before it will arrive... NOKIA and BLACKBERRY are waiting Apple to join them.

30. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

People say that every year, yet the iPhone is still here.

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

ppl said thats for blackberry for years before there decline and every year they where good but at one point... its all failled and its only took a few year to bring them where they are from the top. So yeah ppl say it every year but dont mean its might not happen faster than you anticipate.

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You get more and more dumb, with each post. Unregister your account, and get laid.

66. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

indians like papa_ji and barney really hate the iPhone and want it to fail . But they have never used an iPhone and doesnt know anything about the superior user experience and customer service offered by apple .

22. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

High resale value makes iFanatic able to afford to upgrade compared to android user. In other word android guy spend more than iFanatic if upgrade every year

26. Papa_Ji

Posts: 832; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Here in INDIA iPhone 6s lost 21% of its value within the first month of release...

28. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Something tells me you have no idea what you're talking about :D.

29. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

probably because you can get a home made android phone for the price of gum

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it didn't, if it did then provide the link.

33. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

not really because i can get a phone thats do everything an iphone do for half the price of an iphone. So even if i dont resell my old phone i am still not paying more.

62. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do you see us carrying about anything else in this article but the resell value of the 6s? You may have a gold Vertu, plated with diamonds from Tiffany's, and I would stil not care.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This is nothing new. iPhones have always held there value longer than Android phones for a number of different reasons. I'm more interested in seeing the iPhone 7 sales numbers after the first few weeks as well as how it's value holds after the period as the 6s has. (Inb4 "iPhones cost too much that's why they hold there value longer dumbasses who don't understand anything about economics/brand awareness!)

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7180; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Resale value? Is that why there was a sale of unlocked iPhone 6's with 128gb of storage for $399 just the other day. There was an article on phonearena regarding itjust, and it was only a few days ago. Check it out for yourself.

8. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Just so you know, those were refurbished iPhone 6's. Not brand new. Huge difference.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's an Apple hater.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7180; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone buying any smartphone, and thinks about resale value is just fooling themselves. Because you are loosing so much money, period. No matter how well you treat your phone, you loose more money that first year. I am only telling the truth, but Mxy takes any negativity towards iPhones, personally.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You might be the dumbest poster here -_-, and that's saying something when you consider some of the idiots that peruse this site. Of course a phone is a depreciating asset , does that mean you shouldn't care about resale value? Of course not! If you own a car (another depreciating asset) you sell it before getting a new one. The higher the resale value, the better. Seriously, how have you survived this long being this incompetent? I assume you keep old phones you don't use anymore? What a waste of space and good parts...smdh :(.

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

kiko007 i agree with you about car because the cost is much much more. Personally i keep older phone to use them for others stuff or give them to friend and family. so resale value have no value to me ( pun intended )

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and this article talk about "resale value" and "second-hand market"

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Resale of a two year old phone is on par with the sales value of the Note 5 (last year). Wow, that's totally not that great!/s P.S. Pray tell what is the resale value of the other 2014 flagships: M8 (HTC) $145, G3 (LG) $133, Galaxy S5 (Samsung) $176. Those are incredible values for a former $700 flagship!/ss (super sarcasm) :D

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

its amazing i can get a better phone for less money amazing :)

40. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's a great joke :D.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope its real. Between me and you no matter if its iphone or android we can agree last year model can do about everything you need and can run any apps and game whitout lag. So if you buy brand new iphone 1 year old on the web you save about 25 to 35% of the cost. If i buy an 1 year old android i save easy 50%. I dont even have to wait 1 year i got an LG G5 brand new in unsealed box at like 250$ USD max and i love the phone and is a great investment.

47. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I wasn't claiming that the other phones are worse, but they aren't better. Support wise in both hardware and software should count for something.

42. KingSam

Posts: 1424; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Your redundant use of the word amazing is amazing.

53. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Old phone with non-removeable battery are not worth the cash. Its silly to spend good money on them. I wouldn't. Good luck selling your old iPhone and Note 5.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

teejay1100 when we talk about resale value we talk about used or refurbished phone not new one you moronic fool.

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