Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to announce the new iPhones on September 9. Will price cuts on older iPhones later this month lead the way to early Black Friday sales…or are they, in fact, early Black Friday deals? Kidding aside (maybe), the real question for consumers who are thinking about upgrading to the bigger iPhone 6 options is, “should I buy now or wait?” We’re sure to see heavy discounting on the original iPhone 6, as well as coming smartphones, like Samsung Galaxy S6 and older models from LG and Motorola (see below for huge savings details).
Those thinking about pre-ordering the new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus will most likely be elated with these rumored upgrades (courtesy of Mac Rumors):
- A9 processor
- 2GB RAM
- Improved 12-megapixel camera
- Same design as iPhone 6
- Less bendable 7000 Series aluminum shell
- Force Touch
- Improved Touch ID
- Rose Gold (NEW), Gold, Silver, and Space Gray colors
Apple suppliers have been asked to produce up to 90 million units of the iPhone 6s and/or iPhone 6s Plus combined by year’s end (more than ever before), suggesting that Apple expects a big demand. The introduction of Force Touch (via Apple Watch technology, allowing for new gestures through pressure sensitivity) and improved Touch ID could be a difference-maker for new buyers but may also impede production.
Pre-ordering as soon as possible may be the key if you want to guarantee you get these features in-hand before the holidays. Pre-orders are expected to be offered as soon as September 11, with an official launch likely happening on September 18. We expect prices to be similar to existing Apple prices on current models.
The other option for those who want a bigger Apple smartphone may be to settle for the iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus). Just like last year’s Black Friday iPhone deals, we fully expect prices to drop as low as $99 for the iPhone 6 16GB models with a 2 year contract ($199 for 64GB and $299 for 128GB). Target is already offering an in-store $100 gift card with orders of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Either way you choose to go, FatWallet offers options to add additional savings, from cash back on most cell phone deals and accessories (Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, etc.) from all the big mobile carriers, including:
- AT&T: up to $50 in cash back on smartphone orders and contracts
- Verizon: up to $37.50 in cash back on smartphone orders and contracts
- Sprint: up to $125 in cash back on smartphone orders and contracts
- T-Mobile: up to $37.50 in cash back on smartphone orders and contracts
- Virgin Mobile: up to $17.50 in cash back on smartphone orders and contracts