iOS 17 was announced at WWDC 2023, and with it came the end of software updates for the iPhone X and iPhone 8, released in 2017.
The report used past iPhone 6S and 7 sales history to forecast these value drops. "The iPhone 6S and 7 ranges depreciated by an average of 42.8% of their remaining value by the time Apple rolled out the iOS 16 update. The iPhone 8 and X are likely to follow suit."
It looks like owners of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X should think about selling their devices sooner rather than later in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 15 alongside iOS 17 in September.
Apple has provided software updates to devices for around five years, giving you some of the best value and longevity in smartphone support. But, like most things in tech, the software outpaces the hardware at some point; unfortunately, that time has come for Apple's first full-screen iPhone.
What's next for iPhone?
iOS 17 is gearing up to be a great improvement to iPhone users with the addition of Contact Posters, StandBy, Check In, and finally, the ability to use multiple timers simultaneously in the Clock app.
It's not a software update you want to miss out on, especially considering the rumors surrounding the iPhone 15 lineup gaining the Dynamic Island across the board. Of course, Apple will still support hardware repairs of iPhone X and iPhone 8 models until the company renders them obsolete, which is still a few years away.
But, if you want to have the best iPhone, you'll need the best iPhone software, which means considering an upgrade sooner rather than later.
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Summary: Now that iOS 17 doesn’t support the iPhone X and the other mentioned model, their value will drop.Reply
Of course they will loose their value. That’s what happens to every unsupported iPhone. The iPhone 8 NEEDED to go as the last time I used one all the way back on iOS 15 it was extremely hot and slow but I think the X is a shame. Although they are both nearly 7 year old phones…Reply
It makes sense that both the eight and the ex are going because they were released at the same time. My husbands going to be very upset about this because he still using the eight.Reply
Annie_M said:It makes sense that both the eight and the ex are going because they were released at the same time. My husbands going to be very upset about this because he still using the 8.
Annie_M said:It makes sense that both the eight and the X are going because they were released at the same time. My husbands going to be very upset about this because he still using the eight.
Indeed…. Thanks to voice texting and not paying attention before tapping the reply button!Just_Me_D said:“Ex”?…..(Gasp)….That’s blasphemy.
Annie_M said:Indeed…. Thanks to voice texting and not paying attention before tapping the reply button!
No worries. We all do it on occasion.
And I thought you broke up with your iPhone 🤣Annie_M said:Indeed…. Thanks to voice texting and not paying attention before tapping the reply button!
I hope my XS is clear for another year (at least !) we shall see…Reply
So wait a minute. You mean Apple stops supporting devices after a period of time?Reply