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Apr 12, 2001

In late November, Apple launched a limited time promotion that offers up to $100 in additional credit when trading in an iPhone 6 through iPhone 8 towards the purchase of a new iPhone XS or iPhone XR in the United States.


Apple expanded the promotion to additional countries in late December. While no end date has been set in the United States, fine print on Apple's regional Chinese website reveals that the extra credit will be available through March 25, 2019 in China, an extension of the previous February 28 end date in Japan.

March 25 happens to be the rumored date of Apple's next event, where it is expected to announce new subscription-based news and streaming video services -- although March 25 in China is March 24 in the United States due to time zone differences.

The promotion is available at Apple Stores in participating countries. It is also offered on and with monthly payments in the United States. With the monthly payment option, customers can get a new iPhone XR for as low as $18.99 per month or a new iPhone XS for as low as $29.99 per month for 24 months.

If paying in full, the iPhone XR and iPhone XS start at $449 and $699 respectively with the trade-in of an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 8 in the United States.

Apple has been heavily promoting iPhone XR and iPhone XS trade-ins with a prominent banner on the homepage of its website, store signage, App Store editorials, emails to older iPhone users, and more since the smartphones launched last year.

In a letter to shareholders last month, Apple said it saw fewer iPhone upgrades than it anticipated last quarter, primarily due to greater than expected economic weakness in the Greater China region. Apple said making smartphone trade-ins at its stores easier is one step it is taking to improve results.

Article Link: Apple Extends iPhone XR and iPhone XS Trade-Up Promotion Until March 25 in China


Sep 9, 2012
Well Apple needs to learn their lesson and stop jacking up prices. Otherwise, nothing will save the declining sales.

They need to go further and cut margins and prices to achieve that.

At this point I’m strongly considering the switch. A removable and upgradeable microSD is becoming increasingly attractive as time goes on. I’ve hit the 256 GB limit on my 8 Plus, but the price of a 512 GB Xs Max scares me. I also like the idea of adding and removing content without iTunes, and of downgrading system software if I need to. Apple even took away the ability to reinstall older versions of apps via iTunes on the Mac, something I would do from time to time when an app went bad!

Apple’s iOS apps aren’t the draw-card they once were. Better versions from third parties exist for nearly everything I use apart from the ones you have to like Settings and App Store. I do like the iWork suite so there is that, and Find My iPhone has always been great. I also refuse to use any Google service so Apple is still in with a shot. It’s just getting harder and harder to justify their outlandish prices.
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Sep 9, 2012
Apple keep raising the price and now it back fire at them. People are boycotting. When people see you use an apple product now, they think you are stupid because you paid way too much so apple could break their old sale record.

Apart from still liking the home button and disliking the notch (for the most part) I’m strangely glad that my 8 Plus still looks like a 4.5 yo (nearly) 6 Plus, unless they see the camera in which case it looks identical to the 2.5 yo 7 Plus. Nobody could accuse me of being a frivolous Apple addict, and I like it that way.

Oh, and I bought it used for half retail!
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macrumors 68020
Jul 25, 2016
Well Apple needs to learn their lesson and stop jacking up prices. Otherwise, nothing will save the declining sales.
And to stay relevant in China they should at least slice their prices in half to be on par with competitor offerings.


Oct 6, 2017
You know its bad when they gotta resort to a mid-cycle non-(Product)Red red-colored iPhone release and extended price "cuts" with eligible trade-in of a recent model
We saw the numbers. $84B versus $88B last year.

Yes, the sales were worse, almost entirely because of China, but are we really going with "bad?"


macrumors 65816
Aug 1, 2013
Desperate times, desperate measures. Why don’t just cut the price to a reasonable one?
^^^^^this - what's reasonable? top of line Samsungs are also in the 800+ range

The days of entry-level top of line iPhone for $ 649 I think are gone


macrumors 68020
May 27, 2014
XR 2 will be my next phone.. no point in spending the rest of the $ on a slightly better screen.. if the processors are the same, that's all I care about.
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