Are you planning to trade-in your iPhone for the new iPhone or upgrade to the Apple Watch 4 this month? If so, you need to lock in the best trade-in values right now. As soon as Apple announces the new models, the price you can get for the old models will drop by at least 20%, possibly more. If you act now, you can lock in a trade-in price without a commitment and then you can decide if you want to do later.
This is something we do every year, and if you are even thinking about upgrading to a new iPhone in September or early October you should take time right now to lock in a price for your current phone. Remember you can’t do this if you already are part of an iPhone upgrade program.
With most of these services you have a long time to send your iPhone in, and that means you don’t need to go without a phone or stress about switching on day one. With each of these options you can ship the iPhone for free.
With Gazelle you don’t need to send your iPhone in until October 19th, which is a good deal if you are thinking about waiting for the 6.1-inch iPhone that may arrive a little bit later or if you don’t plan to get up at midnight to pre-order.
While there are a lot of options out there for trading in your iPhone, the number of great options is shrinking every year. Nextworth doesn’t offer as much time to trade in, the Amazon Trade-In program isn’t what it used to be and the eBay Quick Sale option doesn’t work for the latest iPhones yet.
There is no obligation to send your phone to any of these companies if you lock in a price. That means you can do it now and then if you aren’t impressed with the new iPhones, decide to wait for the iPhone SE 2 or the 2019 iPhone you don’t need to do anything.
After you lock your trade-in value in, make sure you keep a close eye on iPhone XS deals that may include huge extras if you trade-in and go straight to your carrier to upgrade and trade-in your old iPhone We’ll have more details on that to share later this week.
Gazelle doesn’t accept Apple Watch trade-ins, but you can use Nextworth or go straight to Apple. Apple offers up to $175, but they only take certain models. If yours is one of them, it’s a good idea to lock in a higher value right now.
Wait for a Smaller Notch
There's no escaping the notch right now.
Apple's new iPhones employ a notch that's similar to the notch found on the iPhone X. The notch houses important sensors, but it's drawn the ire of many smartphone users due to its intrusiveness.
If you aren't a huge fan of the notch you'll want to consider waiting for this year year's models and here's why.
According to reports, there's a chance the 2019 iPhones come with true edge-to-edge displays. In other words, no notches on the display.
The reports claim the devices will still keep Face ID, but it's unclear how Apple would accomplish this without the notch.
Even if Apple does decide to keep the notch around on this year' iPhone models, it could be much smaller on the next batch of iPhones.
Apple is reportedly exploring ways to combine Face ID and the front-facing camera which could reduce the size of the notch.
Apple supplier AMS has also announced new sensor technology that could help the company deliver a smaller notch on upcoming iPhones.
“Smartphone OEMs today are striving to maximize their products’ screen-to-body ratio, reducing the bezel area as much as possible on the display’s face,” said David Moon, Senior Marketing Manager at ams. “The TCS3701 enables phone designers to take this trend to a new level, potentially eliminating the bezel entirely."
If you don't like the size of the notch on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or iPhone X, think about waiting for the 2019 models.
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