Apple’s holiday quarters could be a little light this year. After issuing a warning earlier this week that iPhone 14 Pro production was impacted by Covid-related restrictions, delivery times are getting shorter and shorter later in December. And if you want one for Christmas, you’ll probably have to order very soon.
You can already buy an iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max on Apple.com and it will arrive on December 13 at the earliest. On Verizon, each model will be backordered through December 9. T-Mobile estimates December 5-19 for most models. And while there is some stock at Apple and carrier stores, many models are not available.
Even if you manage to find one, you’ll get less for your trade-in. Earlier this week, Apple cut iPhone and iPad trade-in prices as part of its regular adjustment, bringing the previous values down to $70:
- iPhone 13 Pro Max: $650 (down $70)
- iPhone 13 Pro: $550 (down from $50)
- iPhone 13: $450 (down $20)
- iPhone 13 mini: $380 (no change)
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: $480 (down $50)
- iPhone 12 Pro: $400 (down from $30)
- iPhone 12: $300 (down $20)
- iPhone 12 mini: $250 (no change)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation): $100 (no change)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: $330 (down from $40)
- iPhone 11 Pro: $250 (down from $50)
- iPhone 11: $200 (down $20)
- iPhone XS Max: $200 (down $20)
- iPhone XS: $160 (up to $10)
- iPhone XR: $150 (up to $10)
- iPhone X: $130 (no change)
- iPhone 8 Plus: $100 (lower $10)
- iPhone 8: $75 (no change)
- iPhone 7 Plus: $60 (lower $10)
- iPhone 7: up to $40 (no change)
- iPad Pro: up to $445 (up to $55)
- iPad Air: up to $230 (up to $15)
- iPad: up to $160 (reduced $35)
It’s not clear if the shipping situation will ease, but with only six weeks until Christmas, things will have to change quickly to have an impact on sales. Once the Black Friday rush kicks in, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be the hardest-to-find Christmas gifts this side of Tickle Me Elmo.
There are, of course, worse problems for a $2 trillion company, but as the all-important holiday quarter rolls on, we expect delivery times to start slipping in 2023.