Launch of iPhone 6s leads to spike in iPhone 6 trade-ins


Apple claims to have had “higher than expected demand” for the iPhone 6s Plus ahead of Friday’s launch

Trade-ins of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have spiked to record levels following the launch of the iPhone 6s on September 9, according to figures from CompareMyMobile.

The number of iPhone 6 devices traded in increased by nearly 1000 per cent following Apple’s launch event on September 9, while trade-ins of the larger iPhone 6 Plus grew by a record 1,400 per cent.

Fig 2. percentage trade-ins increase since revealThis marks the highest spike in trade-ins following any previous launch, according to the comparison website.

The record was previously held by the iPhone 5s, when trade-ins spiked almost 800 per cent following announcement of the iPhone 6 last September.

This has led the value of a traded-in 64GB iPhone 6 to plummet 16.4 per cent from £272.50 to £311.10. founder Ashley Turner said: “With this accelerated iPhone depreciation in mind, consumers should look to take advantage of the online price locks offered by recyclers.

“By confirming their trade, they can freeze today’s price for 7-30 days depending on the individual store’s terms – to illustrate the benefit of this, the iPhone 6 158GB has lost £75.30 in the last 30 days which is a considerable amount to put towards the upgrade.”

“During the upgrade process, you can increase the value by contacting your network to unlock your phone. Additionally, consumers can benefit from greater values by comparing online; the greatest difference in price is the iPhone 6 Plus 128GB in which consumers could lose out on £151 by selling to the wrong company.” 

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The news comes as reports claim both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have both sold out online a days ahead of their full release.

According to the Daily Mail, an Apple source said the manufacturer expects the device to outsell its predecessor, which sold 10 million devices in its first weekend.

Apple opened the devices to pre-order on Saturday but have already sold out, according to the report, although the manufacturer expects to have enough handsets in stock for those who queue to buy a device.

‘As many customers noticed, the online demand for iPhone 6s Plus has been exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period,’ Apple said.

‘We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday.’

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale Friday (September 25), as first revealed by Mobile News.Fig 1.Trade-in numbers before and after reveal