Depending on where you are in the world, the iPhone 14 line will probably either cost the same as the iPhone 13 line at launch or a bit more, but either way these are very expensive phones. However, there may soon be a new way to buy them that lets you spread the cost.
Apple has been rumored for some time to be working on a subscription service for the iPhone and potentially other hardware, and according to Mark German — a Bloomberg journalist with extensive experience when it comes to Apple leaks — the company could launch the service either late this year or beginning of next year.
Gurman said this in his latest edition Power On newsletter (opens in new tab)further claiming that “Apple is actively testing this new service.”
This service wouldn’t just be a way to pay off your iPhone gradually. Rather, it would be an ongoing subscription that you’d pay for while you hold the phone, but it would likely include the option to trade in your phone for a new model, and would apparently integrate with the company’s Apple One software subscriptions.
So for a (probably high, but currently unknown) monthly fee, you’ll have constant access to the latest Apple hardware and software services like Apple Music and Apple Fitness Plus.
As for when this subscription service might arrive, Gurman isn’t getting more specific than later this year or early next year, but the next likely announcement opportunity would be the new iPad Pro 2022 and the new iPad 2022, for who are rumored to be appearing at an event in October.
Analysis: Why wasn’t this released at the iPhone 14 announcement?
It seems odd that Apple didn’t announce its subscription service during the iPhone 14 announcement, as the company could have attracted a lot of sign-ups from customers who will now instead buy their new phone the usual way, directly from Apple or through a carrier.
According to German, Apple opted out of this to “reduce the complexity of launch day. After all, it will add a whole new way to buy an iPhone.
It may have been the right decision, too, as the iPhone 14 ordering process has been anything but smooth so far. As reported by 9to5Mac (opens in new tab)shipping estimates for many models quickly dropped to October, and reportedly some people who were told they’d get their phone on launch day (September 16) subsequently saw that date slip away.
There were also reports of various errors during checkout, with some customers inadvertently purchasing multiple phones as they were told the order had failed when it had actually been completed.
So while it might have been nice to have the option to order the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max via subscription, adding yet another complication to an already cumbersome ordering process probably wouldn’t go over well .