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Apple’s iPhone 11 reveal will make your current iPhone worth about 30% less

Published Aug 29th, 2019 6:03PM EDT
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Now that Apple has made it official and announced the date when its iPhone 11 series of devices will be unveiled at its annual September event, it’s time for a look at the other inevitability that comes with a reveal of new versions of Apple’s most important product.

We’re referring to the effect that the upcoming September 10th iPhone 11 event (which will take place in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple HQ) will have on the value of older iPhone models — and how much of a bite the event will take out of the trade-in value of your current iPhone.

Decluttr — a tech buyback site and refurbished seller — has revealed the results of its annual phone depreciation study which shows that handsets could lose as much as 30% of their trade-in value in the 24 hours following Apple’s event.

The full depreciation results are available here. According to the site, iPhone values tend to drop by a minimum of 40% in the first month after a new iPhone launch. After that, the value seems to stabilize while losing about 1% per month over time. Last year’s iPhone XR for example, which has a current resale price of $405, saw its trade-in value fall by 43% in the last 11 months.

Decluttr reports that this is how much resale value that recent iPhone models have lost since their launch dates:

  • 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

For Samsung devices, the drops are even more acute. Here are those corresponding depreciation values:

  • 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

This is all, of course, to be expected, given how much anticipation tends to surround Apple’s iPhone event each September. One of the focuses of this year’s event will be the big improvements Apple makes to the iPhone’s camera setup, along with other exciting features that no doubt haven’t leaked yet.

These values will no doubt change in the coming weeks, but here’s a rundown of current handset trade-in values, per Decluttr:

Image source: Decluttr
Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.