Given how similar the iPhone 11 Pro
and Pro Max
look to their predecessors, it wasn't exactly shocking to see last year's iPhone XS and XS Max discontinued
shortly after Apple's big product launch event yesterday. At the same time, the iPhone 7
and 7 Plus
were definitely getting a bit long in the tooth, so we're obviously not surprised that the 2016 generation had to go as well once 2019 variants entered the arena.
But technically, Apple's three-year-old handsets haven't gone the way of the dodo yet, fetching $399 and up on the company's clearance website
. These aren't refurbished units we're talking about here, mind you, but rather leftover inventory in brand-new condition, with a standard 1-year warranty included, available in both 32 and 128GB storage configurations.
Curiously enough, while you can currently pick up the iPhone 7
and 7 Plus
in your choice of unlocked and carrier-specific versions for use across all big four wireless networks, the only color option available is "jet black." Perhaps an even more serious inconvenience is the pricing structure, which very slightly undercuts the iPhone 8
and 8 Plus
that you can still buy from Apple's main e-store.
At $399 and $449 respectively, the 32 and 128 gig iPhone 7 are a measly 50 bucks cheaper than the newer and faster iPhone 8
in 64 and 128GB variants. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 Plus costs $499 and $549 with 32 and 128GB storage space respectively, which doesn't compare very favorably to the $549 and $599 price tags of the 64 and 128 gig iPhone 8 Plus
with a dual camera system on its back.
Of course, it might be a good idea to keep an eye out for prospective iPhone 7 "clearance" discounts, which could substantially sweeten the deal of these iOS 13
-supporting handsets widely expected to also get an iOS 14 update next year.