Apple discontinues several iPhone models in the wake of the iPhone 15

Apple has removed the iPhone 14 Pro Max from its store along with three additional models  (Apple)
Apple has removed the iPhone 14 Pro Max from its store along with three additional models (Apple)

As part of its annual tradition, Apple is ditching older iPhones to convince customers to buy its latest smartphones.

The company has removed four iPhone models from its online store, including last year’s flagship iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The other discontinued handsets include the smaller iPhone 13 Mini from 2021 and the standard iPhone 12 from 2020.

Apple dumped the phones after announcing the iPhone 15 at an event on Tuesday. The standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are still available at the time of writing.

Apple typically phases out older products from its catalogue as new devices are introduced. Following last year’s iPhone 14 event, it discontinued the iPhone 13 Pro models, the iPhone 12 Mini, and the iPhone 11.

Can you still buy the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Mini, and iPhone 12?

While you can no longer purchase them directly from Apple, the four iPhones are still in stock at other retailers, including Amazon, Currys, and Carphone Warehouse.

Priced at £599 each, both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Mini are considerably cheaper than the new iPhone 15, which starts at £799.

The iPhone 14 Pro starts from £1,039, making it more expensive than the £999 base iPhone 15 Pro.

However, prospective buyers can expect a discount soon as the price of older iPhone models typically drops in the wake of a new range.

Elsewhere, the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts from £1,139 compared to £1,199 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

All four discontinued iPhones are compatible with 5G and support Apple’s upcoming iOS 17 mobile-operating system, which will be released to the public on September 18.

To find out more about the handsets, including specs, check out our ranking of the best iPhones you can currently buy.

The iPhone 15 will be in shops from September 22.

Apple abandons leather

Smartphones weren’t the only products on the chopping block on Tuesday.

Apple also said it will stop selling leather accessories like Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In their place, Apple is introducing a new FineWoven material made from 68 per cent post-consumer recycled content, which it says offers a “suede-like feel”.