Apple’s new iPhone software will be incompatible with a slew of models. Is yours one?

Trade-in or sell -- which is better?

In with the new, out with the old! You can call it planned obsolescence or whatever you like, but when there’s a major shift in device software, some of the old models are sent packing.

Apple has announced iOS 17 – a system update that packs so many new features that many of the old iPhones simply can’t handle them. When the new iOS is released, there’ll be major upgrades to FaceTime and Message, more customization options for the Lock Screen, new twists for the Health app, and an all-new Standby mode. 

The phones that WILL be compatible with iOS 17 are: 

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Apart from these models, all other iPhone models are not compatible with iOS 17. In short, that’s any iPhone model prior to the iPhone SE (2nd generation or older).

What are your options?

Depending on how old the iPhone is and what shape it’s in, it could be worth somewhere between $40 and $630 if you trade it in to Apple and buy a newer model. When ConsumerAffairs contacted Apple support, we were pointed to this list of what those estimated trade-in values are:

Your device

Estimated trade-in value

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Up to $630

iPhone 13 Pro

Up to $530

iPhone 13

Up to $400

iPhone 13 mini

Up to $330

iPhone SE (3rd generation)

Up to $160

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Up to $440

iPhone 12 Pro

Up to $350

iPhone 12

Up to $300

iPhone 12 mini

Up to $220

iPhone SE (2nd generation)

Up to $90

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Up to $280

iPhone 11 Pro

Up to $240

iPhone 11

Up to $200

iPhone XS Max

Up to $200

iPhone XS

Up to $160

iPhone XR

Up to $150

iPhone X

Up to $130

iPhone 8 Plus

Up to $100

iPhone 8

Up to $75

iPhone 7 Plus

Up to $60

iPhone 7

Up to $40

If you want to do the trade-in option, Apple’s phone number to make that happen is 800–692–7753 and they’re open during normal business hours.

However, if you think you’d rather try and sell your iPhone on the open market, you can always go the eBay route or any of the other device buyers that’ll give you cash instead of trade-in credit.

Don’t expect a windfall, though. When ConsumerAffairs checked how much BuyBackWorld would pay for an iPhone 7 32GB from T-Mobile, the offer price was only $20 and only if the phone was in “excellent” shape.

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